Innocence group to aid ex-prosecutor facing new murder trial

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A group that works to overturn wrongful convictions is helping a former Quincy prosecutor facing a second murder trial in his wife’s 2006 Valentine’s Day death.

Curtis Lovelace’s first trial earlier this month ended in a mistrial after Adams County jurors deadlocked.
The (Quincy) Herald-Whig reports the Springfield nonprofit Investigating Innocence is working to find Lovelace a new attorney to work for free at a retrial scheduled to start May 31.

The former assistant Adams County state’s attorney, University of Illinois football captain and Quincy school board president is accused of using a pillow to suffocate his first wife Cory in her sleep.

Cory Lovelace’s cause of death was initially ruled as inconclusive. Lovelace was arrested in 2014 after Quincy police took a fresh look at the case.