This post is based on the Twitter feed of Don O’Brien a local reporter in Quincy with a close eye on the case.
Some somewhat surprising events occurred today regarding the Case of Curtis Lovelace. If you haven’t read about this case here previously, Lovelace is accused of murdering his wife on Valentine’s Day of 2006. He was not arrested until 2014. He has been in jail in Quincy, Illinois for the past 650 days because his bond was set astronomically high. The mid-sized rural town is quite divided over his guilty or innocence. You should click hear for all the details. From my perspective, the prosecution has not been able to prove that the wife was murdered at all. Certainly not beyond a reasonable doubt. On the other hand, Curtis did a lot of bizarre things that make him appear to be guilty. It’s really quite a curious case.
Last February, there was a bizarre trial where the prosecution brought in media pandering experts, like Baden who would testify that the wife was suffocated. For a town of its size the local prosecutors spent tons of money trying to get a jury to convict. However, the jury was spilt right down the middle and a mistrial was declared. Ever determined to convict, the prosecution plans to bring the case in a new trial, the current date of that is October, 24, 2016.
Since the mistrial, one of those Project Innocence type non-profit agencies has taken the case. Lovelace was essentially bankrupted by the first trial and could no longer afford legal counsel. This group was instrumental in getting his bond lowered to $3.5 million dollars with only 10% needed to make bond. He paid that today.
He currently remains in jail where he is awaiting a GPS and a SCRAM to record his whereabouts and to insure that there is no alcohol in his system Don O’Brien says that he thinks this will take a least a couple of days. He will be on strict house arrest. He is only permitted to leave between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sundays to attend church.
It seems to me that his new lawyers are making a lot more progress for him than the old ones did.
I have no idea why he did not wear any shoes to court.