It’s been a long time since we have had a sidebar. Someone pointed out this interesting case going on in Quincy, Illinois. In 2006, Curtis and Cory Lovelace were hometown heroes of sorts. Curtis was a high school and college track star who married his college sweetheart, Cory and together they had four kids. She was a stay at home mom and he was an attorney. They were in a way considered pillars of the community.
Then, on Valentine’s Day of 2006, Curtis says that Cory had some flue like symptoms and he put her back to bed before taking the three oldest kids to school. Curtis claims he found his wife dead in her bed after he returned home. He was arrested eight years later in 2014 and charged with first degree murder. The trial is currently underway. There was no one saying that during that eight years they believed Curtis killed his wife.
The timeline below shows the sequence of events on that day. It comes from police reports by Quincy police officer Doug VanderMaiden and testimony given by Detective Jeff Baird at a corner’s inquest into Lovelace’s death as reported by WGEM.
6:00 a.m. In testimony given by Dustin Strothoff, who lived in the Lovelace’s neighborhood at the time of Cory’s death, he said he took his dog on a walk every morning before 6 a.m. He remembers walking his dog on the morning of Feb. 14, 2006. He said he saw a light on in the upstairs bedroom at the Lovelace house and saw what he assumed to be a man pacing back and forth briskly for the short time that Strothoff stopped to watch to was going on. Strothoff didn’t come forward with that information until after Lovelace’s 2014 arrest.
8:15 a.m.: Curtis Lovelace takes three of the couple’s four children to school. Lovelace tells police this is the last time he saw his wife alive and that it was the last time he spoke with her.
So he either left the four year old with his dead wife, or his ill wife who was sick in bed. Why not take the four year old with him? Perhaps that kid was still sleeping? Curtis will later claim that all three kids saw their mother alive when they left.
Curtis’s oldest child, a daughter, Lyndsay,now 22 says she can’t be 100% sure she saw her mother alive before school that day. Both sons, now teenagers testified they did see their mother alive before school.
Cory’s mother, Marty Didriksen testified about the strained relationship between Curtis Lovelace and his oldest child, Lyndsay, after Cory Lovelace’s death. Lyndsay Lovelace eventually moved into the Didriksen house during her freshman year of high school. She has been estranged from Curtis Lovelace since then. In the summer of 2014, Didriksen said Curtis Lovelace got into a verbal dispute with his daughter and Didriksen, according to Didriksen. Didriksen said Lovelace lashed out at his daughter verbally and was eventually told to leave the back porch of Didriksen’s house by his daughter.
Didriksen said she hasn’t been allowed to see her three grandsons for more than two years.
8:40 a.m.: Curtis Lovelace returns home. He said he worked on his computer in the family’s kitchen.
No mention of him checking on the wife or the four year old. Just straight to work. In court last week, the four year old, now 14 testified “He remembered getting up, going over to the side of the bed that Cory was on, yelling her name and trying to poke her awake. He then remembered going to sit on the stairs and told his dad that he couldn’t wake up his mom. Larson didn’t remember what his dad did after that.” [Source]
So was the kid waiting on the stairs when Curtis came home? Or did this happen while Curtis was working in the kitchen.
9:05 a.m.: Curtis Lovelace walks upstairs to couple’s bedroom. He said he saw wife’s eyes were partially opened, and she was not moving.
9:10 a.m.: Baird said Lovelace takes couple’s youngest child to his in-laws’ house on Grove Avenue, behind the couple’s house. VanderMaiden makes no reference to this in his report.
VanderMaiden makes no reference because he was not yet on the scene. Curtis does not call 911. According to Cory’s mother, he arrives at the door, hands her the child and says, “Cory is dead.” and walks away.
9:15 a.m.: Lovelace calls Adams County State’s Attorney Jon Barnard, who calls EMS.
I believe the attorney he called was his boss. Still no call from Curtis to EMS. His first call is to an attorney.
9:23 a.m.: Quincy Fire Department and EMS dispatched to scene.
9:25 a.m.: VanderMaiden arrives at residence.
9:44 a.m.: Baird arrives at residence.
9:45 a.m.: Cory Lovelace pronounced dead by Adams County Coroner Gary Hamilton.
At some point, Curtis brought his kids home from school, told them their mother had died, and returned them to school. A friend of the couple says that there marriage was rocky. Neighbors testified to lots of shouting coming from the Lovelace house. Both said Cory seemed to be doing most of the yelling.
There is a lot more to this case. It’s being covered by Nancy Grace and Dateline. I just thought I’d start a post in case any of you are watching it. It’s actually supposed to end this week after just starting last week!
Also, as my crime lovers know, when we discuss a case, the rules are a bit more lax and you are allowed to discuss information from other places.