Trial set for former state attorney and Illinois football player charged with murder

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Curtis and Cory Lovelace

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A new trial date has been set for a former Quincy prosecutor facing a second murder trial in his wife’s 2006 Valentine’s Day death.

Curtis Lovelace’s first trial ended in a February mistrial. WGEM-TV reports that Lovelace returned to court Friday for a brief hearing during which the judge scheduled a July 25 start for the new trial.

The former assistant Adams County state’s attorney and University of Illinois football captain is accused of using a pillow to suffocate his first wife Cory in her sleep.

Her cause of death was initially ruled as inconclusive. Lovelace was arrested in 2014 after Quincy police took a fresh look at the case.

Lovelace is being held on a $5 million bond. He’s asked the trial judge to approve a bond reduction.