Opening argument scheduled in ex-prosecutor’s murder retrial

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A jury has been selected in the retrial of a former Illinois prosecutor charged with first-degree murder in the death of his first wife.

Former Adams County Assistant State’s Attorney Curtis Lovelace was arrested in 2014 on charges he suffocated 38-year-old Cory Lovelace in 2006. Curtis Lovelace says he discovered her dead after he dropped their children off at school. His first trial ended with a deadlocked jury.

The Quincy Herald-Whig ( reports opening statements in the trial are to begin Wednesday.

At Lovelace’s first trial a year ago, the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous decision after two days of deliberations.

The trial was moved from Adams County in western Illinois to Sangamon County on a change of venue request. Last week the judge said he would allow video and still cameras in the courtroom.


Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig,