Sharon Love wrote the words down so she wouldn’t forget what the jury concluded: George Huguely V had acted in a willful, wanton way, resulting in the death of her daughter Yeardley.
“It was to make a point that, in fact, it was intentional,” Love, of Cockeysville, said. “It wasn’t an accident.”
Huguely had been so drunk, he maintained, that he remembered little of that night in 2010, when he kicked in the door of his on-again, off-again girlfriend, who like him was 22 years old and a lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, and she ended up dead. A medical examiner said she died of blunt force trauma to the head, and Huguely was convicted in 2012 of second-degree murder.
On Monday, one day before the 12th anniversary of the killing, the Charlottesville, Virginia, Circuit Court jury considering Sharon Love’s wrongful-death civil suit found Huguely liable and awarded the family $15 million in damages. The jury’s finding of willful and wanton misconduct, in disregard of Yeardley Love’s rights, has both personal and legal implications.