Curtis Lovelace Murder Trial Jury Deliberations Begin
Deliberation is underway in the first degree murder trial of Curtis Lovelace.
Judge Bob Hartwick wrapped up juror's instructions shortly after 1 p-m. Defense attorney Jay Elmore says the prosecution played fast and loose with the facts while emphasizing statements from the Lovelace children about the events of February 14, 2006. Elmore asked jurors if Curtis Lovelace's actions in the hours and the days following the discovery of Cory Lovelace's body are the actions of a guilty man. Elmore also pointed to the lack of physical evidence pointing to a struggle and inexperience of detective Adam Gibson as he re-opened the investigation in early 2014.
Special Prosecutor Ed Parkinson says science helps Cory Lovelace tell what caused her death and statements from expert witnesses indicating Cory Lovelace died on the evening of February 13, almost 12 hours before emergency responders were called to the Lovelace home. Parkinson also pointed to inconsistencies between Lovelace's statements to police and scientific and physical evidence. Parkinson also reminded jurors of testimony from a man walking his dog across the street from the Lovelace house around 6 a.m. on February 14, 2006. The witness told of seeing a tall man rapidly
pacing back and forth without stopping in the lighted bedroom before sunrise that morning. Parkinson also reminded jurors of Lovelace's matter-of-fact demeanor as he dropped his youngest child offat a relative's house and of his demeanor later in the day as he was at his office in the Adams County State's Attorneys office on February 14, 2006.