Detective's Work Led To Renewed Quincy Death Probe

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A Quincy police detective’s decision to take another look at an unexplained death led to a first-degree murder charge this week against a former prosecutor and one-time University of Illinois football standout.

Former Adams County assistant state’s attorney Curtis D. Lovelace is now accused of suffocating his wife eight years ago.

Police Chief Rob Copley says it was the work of one detective that unearthed new information leading to the grand jury indictment. He wouldn’t reveal the detective’s name or any details about the new evidence.

But he tells the Quincy Herald-Whig the officer was the “driving force” behind the renewed investigation into the death on Valentine’s Day 2006 of 38-year-old Cory D. Lovelace.

At the time, a coroner’s jury and an autopsy ruled the cause of death undetermined.

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