Lovelace Case

New defense motions cloud start of Lovelace trial

Ed Parkinson, the special prosecutor assigned to the Curtis Lovelace murder case, walks into the Adams County Courthouse in Quincy on the first day of Lovelace's first murder trial in January 2015. Parkinson said Thursday that he's not sure whether the second Lovelace trial will begin Feb. 27 as scheduled after the defense filed a motion Wednesday accusing the prosecution of withholding discovery evidence in the case. | H-W File Photo/Phil Carlson
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 16, 2017 6:50 pm Updated: Feb. 17, 2017 8:14 am

QUINCY -- A day after defense attorneys for Curtis Lovelace filed a motion accusing prosecutors of not producing discovery evidence for Lovelace's upcoming first-degree murder trial in connection with his first wife's death, it's unclear whether the trial will start Feb. 27 as planned.

Special Prosecutor Ed Parkinson told The Herald-Whig on Thursday that he would not be able to respond to the motion filed by Jon Loevy, an attorney with the Exoneration Project, before Friday's final pretrial telephone conference with Judge Bob Hardwick. He didn't know whether the case would be continued.

"I'm sick and tired of the defense team serving us with 3,600 pages of (documents) a week-and-a-half before trial, and I'm not going to respond to reporters or anybody else," Parkinson said before hanging up on the reporter.

Reached by email, Loevy said the defense team is ready for trial to prove Lovelace's innocence.

"We remain hopeful the state will produce the missing documents next week," he said.

Lovelace is accused of suffocating his first wife in their Quincy home on Feb. 14, 2006. His second trial is scheduled to start Feb. 27 in Sangamon County. Hardwick declared a mistrial in Lovelace's first trial last February after an Adams County jury deliberated for two days without reaching a verdict.

Loevy said a Freedom of Information Act request filed by an attorney from Washington, D.C., produced documents the defense has never seen before, including references by a Bloomington forensic pathologist to "severe alcoholism" in the liver of Cory Lovelace.

The motion claims the prosecution didn't produce emails from Quincy police Detective Adam Gibson summarizing investigative steps in the case. It also says emails between Gibson and key witnesses in the case, including Dr. Scott Denton, and Lovelace's second wife, Erika Gomez, were withheld.

Emails are also sought concerning pathology and the state's efforts to review other cases of Dr. Jessica Bowman, who performed the autopsy on Cory Lovelace.

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