QUINCY -- Just more than a month after he was acquitted in the 2006 death of his first wife, Curtis Lovelace was back in court in order to release the $350,000 posted on his behalf to free him from jail.
Court records show Judge Bob Hardwick ruled Wednesday in Cass County that the Adams County circuit clerk should refund a balance of $265,342.50 to the Champaign County law firm Beckett & Webber and $44,223.75 to Rich Herr, a Lovelace friend who with Lovelace was a member of the University of Illinois football team in the late 1980s.
Assessed to the bond was a 10 percent or $35,000 bond fee, as well as the GPS monitoring fee of $5,433.75, which had already been paid.
A former Adams County assistant state's attorney and former Quincy School Board president, Lovelace was found not guilty on March 10 by a Sangamon County jury on one count of first-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 14, 2006, death of Cory Lovelace.
Beckett & Webber posted $300,000 and Herr posted $50,000 on June 6, 2016. Lovelace had been held in the Hancock County Jail since his Aug. 27, 2014, arrest.
Lovelace's defense team led by Jon Loevy of the University of Chicago's Exoneration Project argued that only the GPS monitoring fee should have been paid.
Hardwick also ruled that a laptop computer provided to the Quincy Police Department by Lovelace's second wife, Erika Gomez, would continue to be held until a ruling in the divorce case between the couple.
Hardwick ruled before the trial that the laptop could not be admitted as evidence.
Loevy argued that since Lovelace was acquitted, "the State can point to no reason why the QPD should be allowed to retain valuable property of Mr. Lovelace's after the conclusion of this matter."