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Quincy, Adams County want Lovelace civil suit judge to rule in their favor

Quincy, Adams County want Lovelace civil suit judge to rule in their favor

2 months, 1 week ago by Scott Hardy

Motions for summary judgement filed Monday

Lawyers for the City of Quincy, 4 Quincy police officers, Adams County and a current and former county office holder have filed motions asking the judge in the civil suit filed by Curtis Lovelace to rule in their favor.

Records show that on Monday, separate motions were filed by the City and County, asking that Federal judge Sue Myerscough issue a summary judgement in their favor on nearly all counts. The County is asking that all counts against it be ruled on, and in their motion say that after two years, the Lovelaces "failed to come forth with evidence that creates a genuine issue of material fact" against them. They're also asking that all their legal bills and expenses be paid. The City says it's asking for a similar judgement on all but two counts. Those involve claims by Lovelace's three sons, claiming false imprisonment on the day Lovelace was arrested in August 2015. The city is also asking that QPD Detective Anjanette Biswell be dismissed from the suit. Lovelace has filed suit against the City, County, QPD Chief Rob Copley, Detective Adam Gibson and two other officers, State's Attorney Gary Farha and former Coroner Jim Keller. The former Adams County Assistant State's Attorney claims evidence was withheld from his defense during both his 2016 and 2017 murder trials, and that the QPD tried to frame him. Lovelace filed the suit two months after he was acquitted by a Springfield jury at his re-trial. He's not specified what damages he's asking for.

For now, the suit is still expected to go to trial October 15th. The motions for summary judgement are available below.

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