Lovelace attorneys want new murder trial date, new venue

CARTHAGE, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys for a former Illinois prosecutor who faces a second murder trial in his first wife’s death have asked for a new trial date and for proceedings to be moved.

Curtis Lovelace’s defense attorneys on Thursday filed motions in Adams County Circuit Court asking that the Oct. 24 be moved and that it be outside Adams County.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports Judge Bob Hardwick could set a new trial date as early as Sept. 8 when a status hearing is scheduled. Lovelace’s change of venue motion wouldn’t be considered until Sept. 30 when other motions are scheduled to be heard.

Lovelace’s attorney say a new venue is necessary because their survey results show Adams County residents have prejudice in the case.

Prosecutors want the trial held in Adams County.