Detective's new look at 2006 case leads to murder charge against former prosecutor
A former Illinois prosecutor has been charged with murder in the 2006 death of his wife after a newly promoted detective took another look at the case file.
Curtis Lovelace, a former assistant state’s attorney in Adams County, Illinois, appeared in court last Friday, where he asked for more time to raise funds to hire private lawyers, report the Quincy Journal and the Associated Press.
Lovelace, 45, is accused of the suffocation death of his wife, Cory Lovelace, on Valentine’s Day 2006, the Quincy Journal reported in a prior story. Lovelace, who is being held on $5 million bond, appeared in court in shackles and striped jailhouse attire.
The initial autopsy had failed to identify the cause of Cory Lovelace’s death. Curtis Lovelace had indicated his wife had been ill for a few days before her death, special prosecutor Ed Parkinson told AP. A newly promoted detective in Quincy, Illinois, reviewed the case last year and sent autopsy results to two outside pathologists who concluded the death was a homicide by suffocation, Parkinson said.
A former football player and team captain at the University of Illinois, Lovelace is currently a captain in the Illinois National Guard Judge Advocate Corps.