The Associated Press
10:07 AM EDT, July 20, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)
Lawyers for a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend say a wrongful death lawsuit against him should be suspended until the criminal case ends.
The Daily Progress reports that George Huguely's lawyers filed a motion this week in Charlottesville Circuit Court asking a judge to stay the $30 million lawsuit.
If the civil case goes to trial before the criminal case is finalized, the motion argues that Huguely's Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination could be violated.
Huguely is seeking a new trial in the criminal case.
The Chevy Chase, Md., man was convicted in February of second-degree murder and grand larceny in the May 2010 death of Yeardley Love of suburban Baltimore.
Love's mother, Sharon Love, filed the lawsuit April 26.