1 week, 4 days ago by Scott Hardy
Motion filed Wednesday in Adams County
Curt Lovelace's defense has filed a motion that accuses the prosecution of not turning over all the evidence it was ordered to.
In a motion filed Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court, lawyers from the Exoneration Project ask Judge Bob Hardwick to order the Special Prosecutor's Office to turn over the evidence, along with the Quincy Police Department, Quincy Police Detective Adam Gibson and Adams County Coroner James Keller. The defense claims that the omitted evidence includes emails between Gibson and key witnesses, including forensic pathologist Dr. Scott Denton and Lovelace's second wife, Erika Gomez. In one email, the defense claims that Denton told Gibson that "the State wouldn't be able to prove its' case beyond a reasonable doubt", unless they persuade Dr. Jessica Bowman, the pathologist who performed Cory Lovelace's autopsy, to change her opinion. The motion claims that Bowman refused to do so, despite Gibson's efforts.
It also says that other emails talk about pathology and "the state's efforts to review some of Bowman's other cases". According to the motion, the defense's request came after an investigation it conducted, and responses to Freedom of Information Act requests made by Washington, D.C. attorney Evan Parke. The defense says Parke turned over the FOIA responses to them, which included what they say are important documents that they've never seen.
Lovelace's re-trial on one count of First Degree Murder in Cory Lovelace's 2006 death is due to start in Springfield February 27th.