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QUINCY, Ill. (AP)- Jurors in western Illinois have resumed deliberations in the murder trial of a former local prosecutor accused of killing his wife on Valentine’s Day in 2006.

Jurors restarted deliberations Friday morning in the case of Curtis Lovelace, a former assistant Adams County state’s attorney and University of Illinois football captain. Lovelace has pleaded not guilty in the killing of his wife Cory.

An initial autopsy on the 38-year-old woman’s body was inconclusive. The investigation was reopened and Lovelace was arrested in 2014.

Prosecutors argue the mother of four died from suffocation, theorizing her husband used a pillow to kill her while she slept.

Defense attorneys asked jurors to find Lovelace not guilty based on the couple’s three oldest children saying they saw their mother alive before leaving for school on the morning her body was found.