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Friday
May042012

Yeardley Love's Mother Sues Lacrosse Coaches Over Daughter's Death

Albemarle/Charlottesville Regional Jail(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The mother of slain University of Virgnia lacrosse star Yeardley Love is suing the coaches of the men's lacrosse team for ignoring George Huguely's assaults on other students, including another female student.

The $30 million wrongful death suit implies that the coaches overlooked Huguely's menacing behavior because he was a star on their nationally ranked lacrosse team.

The suit also names UVA, the university's athletic director and the state of Virginia as defendants.

Huguely, 25, killed Love, 22, in a drunken rage in May 2010 just weeks before she was to graduate. Both Huguely and Love were star lacrosse players on the university's elite teams.

Huguely was found guilty of second-degree murder and grand larceny. He has not yet been sentenced.

The suit was filed in the Circuit Court for the County of Louisa in Virginia on Tuesday under the name of Love's mother Sharon Love, listed as the administrator of her daughter's estate.

Love asks for $29,450,000 in compensatory damages, plus interest. She filed a similar lawsuit last week against Huguely for $30 million.

The defendants named include men's lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia, associate head coach Marc Van Arsdale and UVA director of athletics Craig Littlepage.

"It was well known to the players and coaches on the UVA men's and women's lacrosse teams that Huguely's alcohol abuse and erratic, aggressive behavior was increasingly getting out of control, especially his obsession with Love and his aggressiveness and threats to Love," the lawsuit states.

The coaches and director are charged with three counts of negligence and gross negligence for not disciplining Huguely after several attacks on fellow students.

The suit implies that Huguely received preferential treatment for being a star athlete when it points out that in May 2009, another varsity lacrosse player "who sparingly played" was arrested for a DUI and was suspended from the team. Huguely was not suspended for his multiple similar offenses. The suit lists three run-ins with the law Huguely was involved in before attacking Love.

The state vows it will "vigorously defend" the case.

"We are aware that suit has been filed, but, to date, the plaintiff has not sought to have it served on the commonwealth defendants," Brian J. Gottstein, director of communication for the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, told ABC News in an email.

In February, the jury recommended 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder conviction and one year for a grand larceny conviction. The judge can either confirm or lessen the sentence, but he cannot increase it. Huguely's sentencing date has been set for Aug. 30.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Apr272012

Yeardley Love's Mom Sues Killer George Huguely for $30M

Albemarle/Charlottesville Regional Jail(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The mother of slain UVA lacrosse star Yeardley Love is suing her daughter's convicted killer and ex-boyfriend George Huguely V for $30 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Huguely, 25, killed Love, 22, in a drunken rage in May 2010 just weeks before she was to graduate from the University of Virginia. Both Huguely and Love were star lacrosse players on the university's elite teams.

Huguely was found guilty of second-degree murder and grand larceny, resulting from an allegation that he stole Love's laptop. He has not yet been sentenced.

The suit was filed in Charlottesville Circuit Court in Virginia on Wednesday under the name of Love's mother Sharon Love, listed as the administrator of her daughter's estate.

Love asks for $29,450,000 in compensatory damages and $1,000,000 in punitive damages, plus interest from the date of occurrence, May 23, 2010.

There are six counts in the suit: three types of negligence counts, one count of willful and malicious injury and death, one count of assault and one count for punitive damages.

"Huguely was negligent in the occurrence, insofar as he failed to use ordinary care, leading to an accident for which he was responsible that resulted in the injuries and death of Love," the lawsuit states.

It also claims that Yeardley Love had a life expectancy of 58.9 years, according to a Table of Life Expectancy, which helped calculate the sum of the monetary damages sought by the Love family.

The lawsuit accuses Huguely of acting with "actual malice" and being "so reckless" that he showed a conscious disregard for Love's safety and life.

Love's family suffered "sorrow, mental anguish, and loss of solace, which may include society, companionship, comfort, guidance, kindly offices, and advice of the decedent," according to the damages portion of the filing.

The family says the $29 million sum also includes Love's loss of income as well as funeral and burial expenses.

Yeardley Love's beneficiaries are her mother Sharon Love and sister Lexie Love. The women of the Love family were constant fixtures in the courtroom throughout Huguely's trial. They both gave emotional testimonies in Huguely's pre-sentencing hearing, pleading for the jury to punish Huguely.

Huguely's attorneys Fran Lawrence and Rhonda Quagliana did not immediately respond to requests for comment from ABCNews.com regarding the lawsuit. The defense team has expressed their desire for a retrial in court.

In February, the jury recommended 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder conviction and one year for a grand larceny conviction. The judge can either confirm or lessen the sentence, but he cannot increase it. Huguely's sentencing date has been set for Aug. 30.

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