QUINCY -- The University of Chicago Exoneration Project has agreed to represent Quincy lawyer Curtis Lovelace in his first-degree murder case.

Bill Clutter, a leader of Springfield, Ill.-based Investigating Innocence, announced Monday that the Exoneration Project will be offering its service to Lovelace for free. Lovelace is accused of suffocating his wife Cory with a pillow on Feb. 14, 2006. Lovelace's first trial ended last month with a hung jury, and a mistrial was declared by Judge Bob Hardwick. Lovelace's retrial is scheduled to begin May 31.

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