George Huguely, the former UVA lacrosse player convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his former girlfriend and Cockeysville resident Yeardley Love, was denied a retrial in court yesterday.

Denying the request, Charlottesville Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire said, “I think there was overwhelming evidence to support the conviction,” the Baltimore Sun reports. Huguely’s lawyers argued for a retrial citing errors made during the trial.

Huguely is to be sentenced next week, which could send him to prison for 26 years.  The jury that convicted him last February recommended a 26 year sentence — 25 years for the murder and one year for stealing the young woman’s computer. The judge can only decrease the sentence.

Susan Gerardo Dunn is the founding editor and publisher of Baltimore Fishbowl.