A jury finds Curtis Lovelace not guilty of first-degree murder after about two hours of deliberations.
Another pretrial hearing finishes with another new trial date as Hardwick pushes the proceeding into 2016, setting the trial start for Jan. 25. Page tells Hardwick that this would be the last delay.
Lovelace’s defense team makes two motions at a pretrial hearing, asking that Lovelace’s second wife, Erica Gomez, be barred from testifying. The defense also asks that potential jurors be questioned individually during jury selection.
On the original trial date, defense asks for another delay. Hardwick agrees and moves trial to June, 29, 2015. Elmore tells The Herald-Whig Lovelace has “limited resources” for his defense.
Lovelace enters a plea of not guilty through his newly hired attorneys James Elmore and Jeff Page, both of whom practice in Springfield, Ill.
Lovelace makes his first appearance in Adams County Circuit Court. He represents himself at the brief hearing in front of Judge Scott Butler. Lovelace is wearing the jail jumpsuit issued to him by the Hancock County Jail. Neighboring Hancock County has agreed to house Lovelace since there is no segregated unit where he could be housed in the Adams County Jail.
Hardwick denies the motion for a change of venue. He said the defense team failed to prove allegation that Lovelace could not get a fair trial in Quincy because of massive pretrial publicity.
The defense asks for its first new trial date and Hardwick moves it to March 23, 2015.
An Adams County grand jury indicts Lovelace of first-degree murder in the Feb. 14, 2006, death of his wife, Cory. Curtis Lovelace is alleged to have suffocated Cory Lovelace. He is arrested without incident around 12:15 p.m. on Vermont between Sixth and Seventh streets, near his law office at 608 Vermont. Bail is set at $5 million.
Through a Freedom of Information Act filed by the Herald-Whig, special prosecutor Ed Parkinson releases an eight-page transcript from an Adams County coroner’s inquest hearing form March 23, 2006. Lovelace told police he did not immediately call for emergency personnel or perform any type of life-saving measures on his wife the morning of her death.