Appeal over dictionary use denied in U.Va. lacrosse slaying

Appeal over dictionary use denied in U.Va. lacrosse slaying
George Huguely is serving a 25-year sentence for the 2010 slaying of Yeardley Love, who also was a U.Va. lacrosse player. (Source: WVIR)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected an appeal from a former University of Virginia lacrosse player that his 2012 murder conviction should be thrown out because of a claim the jury improperly consulted a dictionary.

George Huguely is serving a 25-year sentence for the 2010 slaying of Yeardley Love, who also was a U.Va. lacrosse player.

A judge in December allowed Huguely to appeal on claims the jury improperly consulted a dictionary on the definition of “malice.”

But the judge on Friday dismissed the appeal, saying a juror’s claim that a dictionary was used was outweighed by 26 other witnesses who testified to the contrary.

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