Jon Loevy said he knew Curtis Lovelace was innocent after meeting the former Adams County assistant state's attorney for the first time a year ago in the Hancock County Jail. “After spending an hour with him I said, 'This guy is being falsely accused,' ” Loevy said. A jury needed a little more than two hours to find Lovelace not guilty of first-degree murder in connection with the death of his first wife, Cory. WITH SLIDESHOW
Twenty-four people testified for the prosecution and eight people testified for the defense in the Curtis Lovelace trial. Here are highlights from each person's testimony.
Outside the Sangamon County Courthouse late Friday afternoon, Curtis Lovelace stood next to his wife Christine Lovelace and his three sons and his defense team, while supporters took pictures.
A look at the length of jury deliberations in other local trials.
Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley says he knew the Curtis Lovelace murder trial was going to be "a tough case to win" for the prosecution. Copley said he feels the QPD's detectives did a good job with the two police investigations associated with the case.
Cameras were allowed in the courtroom for the Curtis Lovelace murder trial, which took place Tuesday, Feb. 28, to Friday, March 10, in the Sangamon County Courthouse in Springfield. Herald-Whig photographers and reporters were in the courtroom and this is a collection of 75 of their photos taken throughout the trial.
The jury has reached a verdict in the Curtis Lovelace first-degree murder trial: not guilty. Screams from Lovelace supporters could be heard after the verdict was read, and Curtis appeared to be getting emotional. Special prosecutor Ed Parkinson said he was disappointed, but respected the jury's decision. A recap of the day and the latest reaction here.
Curtis Lovelace shared his story Thursday afternoon when he took the stand to defend himself during his first-degree murder trial in the Sangamon County Courthouse in Springfield. The courtroom was hushed as he told his version of the events of Feb. 14, 2006, for the first time in public.
A second forensic pathologist testified that Cory Lovelace's Feb. 14, 2006, death was not caused by suffocation but by natural causes.