Verdict is in: Curtis Lovelace found not guilty of murder

Verdict is in: Curtis Lovelace found not guilty of murder

After only 8 days, Curtis Lovelace has been found not guilty of murdering his first wife Cory.

A Springfield, Illinois jury reached that unanimous decision on Friday afternoon.

This was the second murder trial for Lovelace.

The first trial took place in 2016 in Adams County that resulted in a hung jury.

Friday morning, the defense rested its case shortly after 9 a.m.

The case was put into the jury's hands at 1:38 p.m., after closing arguments.

The jury deliberated about 2 hours and 20 minutes.

KHQA's Jenny Dreasler has been in the courtroom every day during this trial.

Dreasler tweeted a loud scream broke out in the courtroom when the verdict was said.

Curtis Lovelace has been officially released from his bond and is a free man.

Defense attorney Jon Loevy says this was his first murder trial and says he knew the second be met Lovelace in the Hancock County Jail that he was wrongfully accused. Prosecutor Ed Parkinson says he's disappointed with the verdict but has no plans to try Lovelace on any lesser charge.

Lovelace says as for what's next, he's not sure he says he just going to take it one day at a time.

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