The mother of Yeardley Love, the University of Virginia lacrosse player who was slain in 2010, is appealing a Maryland judge's decision not to require an insurance company to indemnify George Huguely V in his upcoming wrongful-death suit.
In March, Judge Deborah Chasanow declared that Chartis Property Casualty Co., a holding company of AIG, would not have to defend Huguely in Love's multimillion-dollar wrongful-death suit because Huguely's 2012 second-degree murder conviction nullified his insurance policy.
Filed Monday, Love's appeal of that decision came on the same day that Chasanow ordered a settlement conference in a second insurance dispute between Huguely and State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. In March, Chasanow opined that the language of State Farm's policy explicitly stated that "intentional acts" were grounds for policy exclusion.
Because the intentionality of Huguely's actions that caused Love's death have been contested by both Huguely and Love's mother, State Farm's dispute in a federal court in Maryland is still active. The case has been referred to Magistrate Judge Jillyn K. Schulze for an alternative dispute resolution.
When those cases are resolved, Love's wrongful-death suit in Charlottesville Circuit Court is expected to move forward. A trial in the matter is set for summer 2018.
A lacrosse player himself, Huguely and Love had been in an on-again, off-again relationship. Just ahead of graduation, authorities found Love unresponsive in her apartment bedroom after an encounter with an intensely inebriated Huguely, who lived next door.
Huguely has resolutely fought his conviction, even after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to review his case in 2015. In January 2016, Huguely filed a writ of habeas corpus in Charlottesville Circuit Court, arguing that he received ineffective representation in his original trial.
The 28-year-old is currently serving out his 23-year prison sentence at the Augusta Correctional Center.