Convicted murderer George Huguely files petition for Habeas Corpus

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NBC29.COM, WVIR – CHARLOTTESVILLE (WVIR) - Convicted murderer George Huguely is attempting another legal tactic.

A jury convicted the former University of Virginia lacrosse player in 2012 of second-degree murder for killing fellow student Yeardley Love in May 2010. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Huguely's newest attorney, Jonathan Sheldon, filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in Charlottesville Circuit Court on Wednesday. Habeas corpus is when a person can report an unlawful imprisonment before a judge.

Huguely's 12-count claim says he had multiple instances of ineffective counsel during his original trial and that the jury wasn't properly instructed on the meaning of the word malice.

The defense also claims Huguely was severely intoxicated at the time of the murder and did not premeditate Love's death.

The attorney is demanding that Huguely be released from prison and allow him to have an evidence hearing.

The court has yet to schedule a date to hear Huguely's case.