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Former U of I Athlete Accused Of Murder Seeks New Defense


Former prosecutor and 1980's University of Illinois football star Curtis Lovelace made his first appearance in an Adams County court Friday.

The 45-year old Lovelace is being charged with the first-degree murder in the suffocation of his first wife, Cory Lovelace, back in 2006. 

A judge has granted a three week extension for Lovelace to seek funds for private counsel.  Lovelace served as a former assistant state’s attorney in Adams County, and has been moved to the Hancock County Jail to be isolated from the general population for his safety.

A grand jury indicted Lovelace last month and he remains jailed on $5-million bond.

At the time of Cory Lovelace's death, a coroner's jury and autopsy ruled the cause undetermined.

But Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley said a detective late last year gave the case file a fresh look, and two pathologists who reviewed it concluded the mother of four died of foul play.

Lovelace is a 1994 U of I Law School graduate.