Don O’Brien has just spoken with Curtis Lovelace’s legal team. According to his lead attorney, James Elmore. According to O’Brien’s tweets, the jury was spilt with six voting guilty and six voting not guilty. Elmore was not surprised by the hung jury as his read on the jury was that they were not a cohesive group. The jury was not officially polled, because no verdict was reached. The foreman told the judge the split and the Judge told the attorneys.
I was also informed by a local source that the bail for Curtis was initially set at FIVE MILLION DOLLARS. Which is very excessive and meant to keep him imprisoned as I doubt you would need more than one hand to find people in Quincy with that sort of access to cash.
In other news, it was previously told to me that Curtis was indeed out of money and would be unable to afford to pay for representation on his second trial. Elmore, confirmed to O’Brien today that he and co-counsel Jeff Page would no longer be representing Curtis. It is likely that Curtis will need to be assigned a public defender. There is a rumor about town that he will be representing himself. I find that highly unlikely. He did not even push to testify in his first trial. Most people who are foolish enough to represent themselves, also are foolish enough to testify against the advice of legal counsel.
It seems to be that the prosecution is willing to spare no expense to retry Curtis Lovelace while at the same time bankrupting him. I wonder if there are donations being taken from the constituency who thinks he is not guilty? I’ve spoken with several people from Quincy who seem convinced he is guilty. But muchlike the jury there is a definite split among those I’ve spoken with. The prevailing attitude seems to be that the locals just want a resolution and to move on. It doesn’t appear that this will be resolved quickly. The new attorney, if there is one will have less than four months to prepare a first degree murder defense. That’s a difficult task, especially if you are a public defender who has never tried a murder case with a judge who probably hasn’t presided over that many.
You can read Don O’Brien’s exclusive report based on his conversations with Elmore, on Whig News by clicking this link. You can also follow Don O’Brien on Twitter for up to the minute reporting on this case.
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