Lovelace Case

Trial date set for Lovelace civil rights lawsuit

Posted: Aug. 25, 2017 8:45 am

QUINCY -- A trial date in the federal civil rights lawsuit brought by Curtis Lovelace and his family against the city of Quincy, multiple officers with the Quincy Police Department, Adams County and two county officials has been set for 2019.

In a ruling filed Tuesday afternoon, the trial is set to start Oct. 15, 2019, with pretrial Sept. 30, 2019.

The lawsuit, filed in May, two months after Curtis Lovelace was found not guilty of killing his first wife, alleges that Lovelace was deprived of due process, was the subject of malicious prosecution, and was deprived of his constitutional rights. It also argues that his sons Logan, Lincoln and Larson were detained at school and illegally questioned without a parent present during the death investigation. The suit did not provide an amount the Lovelaces are seeking.

A former Adams County assistant state's attorney and former Quincy School Board president, Lovelace was acquitted of first-degree murder by a Sangamon County jury March 10 in connection with the Feb. 14, 2006, death of his first wife, Cory Lovelace. It was the second time he was tried in the case. An Adams County jury was unable to reach verdict after two days of deliberations in February 2016, and a mistrial was declared.

Lovelace claims that evidence was withheld and fabricated in the two trials by the Quincy Police Department, specifically Detective Adam Gibson.

The suit names Gibson, as well as Police Chief Rob Copley, Sgt. John Summers, Detective Anjanette Biswell, unknown Quincy police officers, Adams County State's Attorney Gary Farha, Adams County Coroner Jim Keller, the city of Quincy and Adams County as defendants.

The Lovelaces must provide a list of expert witnesses they plan to call by Sept. 4, 2018, and the city and county have until Jan. 15, 2019.