No decision yet on Illinois venue for Lovelace murder trial

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Curtis Lovelace (File photo)

VIRGINIA, Ill. (AP) – A western Illinois judge is considering whether to move a former Adams County prosecutor’s murder trial from the county where he worked.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports attorneys representing Curtis Lovelace argued Wednesday for a change in venue. They say his case has received too much publicity to ensure a fair trial.

Cass County Judge Bob Hardwick said during the hearing that he would review arguments but he gave no timetable to announce his decision. Lovelace’s trial is scheduled for Sept. 21.

Lovelace was charged with first-degree murder in August 2014 for the suffocation death of his wife, 38-year-old Cory Lovelace, eight years earlier.

The former Quincy school board member and University of Illinois football standout has pleaded not guilty and remains in jail in lieu of $5 million bond.
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Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig, http://www.whig.com