Virginia high court rejects UVA lacrosse-case appeal

George Huguely V

George Huguely V

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend. George W. Huguely V of Chevy Chase, Maryland, is serving a 23-year prison term in Virginia for the May 2010 beating death of Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old from suburban Baltimore. According to court records, the justices refused without explanation to hear Huguely’s appeal Wednesday. The Virginia Court of Appeals previously declined to reconsider its decision upholding his conviction. In that appeal, Huguely’s lawyers raised issues involving jury selection and the absence of one of his attorneys when she fell ill during the trial.

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UVa’s choice to investigate rape response scuttled

UVA-LogoRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The University of Virginia’s first choice as independent counsel to investigate how the school responds to rape allegations has been scuttled. Attorney General Mark Herring said Friday that the university agreed to withdraw its appointment of former federal judge and prosecutor Mark Filip. In college, Filip was a member of Phi Kappa Psi – the fraternity named in a Rolling Stone article in which a U.Va. student described being sexually assaulted by seven men in 2012. Herring said another investigator will be chosen because “the independence and objectivity of the review must be unimpeachable.” University President Teresa Sullivan also has asked Charlottesville police to investigate the alleged rape at the Phi Kappa Psi house. The fraternity has voluntarily surrendered its fraternal agreement with the university and suspended all chapter activities.

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Opera Roanoke season begins withone-night only, first-ever presentation

Opera RoanokeNever seen Mozart’s “Abduction”? … it was the Master’s first major opera hit … and its coming to Jefferson Center tomorrow night…as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Early morning fire in Roanoke County

Roanoke-CountyRoanoke County crews battled a housefire this morning in the 7700 block of Starlight Lane. Roanoke County Fire EMS says the owner called 911 to report heavy smoke and then evacuated. Fire crews got the call around 3:40 a.m. and had the fire under control in about 30 minutes. Two people were home at the time of the fire and safely made it out. No injuries were reported.

 

 

 

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