There are two previous posts on this trial HERE and HERE. The second post is about the even jury spilt in the first trial resulting in a hung jury. The jury seems to be a fairly accurate representation of the townspeople’s sentiment which is also reflected here in the numerous comments from both residents of Quincy, Illinois and the observing outsiders. The show was featured recently on 48 Hours where Curtis Lovelace’s current wife, his estranged daughter, Cory Lovelace’s mother, some people who knew or went to school with Curtis and about half of the jury that hung were interviewed. I was distracted the whole show about the pronunciation of the last name as “Loveless” by everyone. Other points of interest were that the mother of the dead woman was the one who called for a quick cremation. Curtis’s friends seemed to be unsure of the guilt of Curtis. Though some seemed aware of the tumultuous marriage. They couldn’t say it was out of the realm of possibility either way. They were asked if they could absolutely say there is no way that Curtis killed his wife. They said they could not go that far. But they also didn’t seem to be convinced of guilt. This is the problem with this case.
Wife number three was the only person who was proclaiming his innocence. None interviewed seemed to be convinced of his guilt. Though many found his behaviors after the death suspicious. The bottom line is, the guy sure seems guilty. But there really is no evidence that a murder occurred at all. The prosecution seems to really be pulling out all the stops, shopping around for an autopsy that could conclude that Cory died of homicidal suffocation. A conclusion that was not reached by the person who actually did the autopsy. That person unfortunately has a shady reputation making her opinions suspect. However, the next person the prosecution asked, agreed with the original finding that the cause of death could not be determined. They continued shopping for opinions until they got to a point where they called in Baden. Baden is who criminals call in to get wealthy, celebrity defendants off murder charges. Many people find Baden’s opinions to be a bit suspect due to his high fees and propensity to show up on cases with lots of media attention. Baden is an octogenarian who may just have been America’s first mediawhore, before mediawhoring was cool.
And then there is the second wife. After a contentious divorce she is fighting to testify against Curtis, and the defense kept her out of the first trial. She is also the wife that led to the estrangement between Curtis and his only daughter which continues to this day.
The third wife, at least on paper, is your average small town junior league type who owns a pie shop in down. She was just merrily baking pies and raising the motherless boys as her own when her husband was arrested for first degree murder of his first wife eight years prior. On 48 Hours she seemed a bit obsessed with “her boys” that she has adopted and someone claimed today changed their middle names (I have no verification of that). She seemed a bit calculating to me on TV. You may have gotten a different opinion. I personally did not find her to be very genuine. She is however, on a crusade to free her wrongly imprisoned husband whose bail is FIVE MILLION DOLLARS.
So on one side we have a prosecution that seems to have overcharged the suspect, called in very expensive medical examiners to testify to things not found at the time of death based on photographs they looked at, have no solid evidence and set an astronomically high bail.
On the other side, you have a guy who did a whole lot of suspicious things, was in a marriage where both spouses were alcoholic (the wife was also bulimic apparently) but was, in the eight years after her death, by most accounts a solid member of the community who was respected an attorney and president of the school board. Someone who his mother-in-law never suspected of foul play nor did the community at large prior to his arrest 8 years later.
To the outsiders there seems to be no case. To the population of Quincy, there seems to be a certain contingent that feels strongly about guilt. The rest of the populations seems suspicious and unsure and the prosecution did not miss a minute of time considering a retrial. It was set at the same time the first trial was declared a mistrial.
Today, I was sent THIS LINK to a fundraising page to raise money for the now bankrupt defendant. There is a lengthy explanation of the events that is strongly biased to the defense written by a criminal investigator with no employment ties to the case. His explanation of the prosecutions autopsy shopping and some of the behaviors of the second wife and her child are very telling. You really should read the link.
Go take a look at the link and then tell me what you think. My opinion is unchanged. There is not enough evidence to prove a murder occurred. The prosecution is BIZARRELY overzealous and sparing none of the taxpayers money. It’s possible that someone is being railroaded. It’s possible that someone is getting away with murder. But for me, it’s just not possible to know at this point. Which is a terrible situation for such a beautiful town to find itself in.