The state has responded to the appeal filed by attorneys for George Huguely. The state says the conviction of the former UVA lacrosse player in the killing of his ex-girlfriend should stand. In a filing with the Virginia Court of Appeals, the state has outlined its reasons why Huguely’s appeal should be rejected. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison for the May 2010 murder of 22-year-old Yeardley Love. Huguely’s attorneys claim he was denied a fair trial by a judge who rushed the case to the jury even when defense attorney Rhonda Quagliana got sick. In the response, the state says the judge was correct to move forward with the trial after co-counsel Fran Lawrence assured the court that he could continue without Quagliana.