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Federal court rules that Lovelace lawsuit can proceed

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WGEM) -- Portions of a federal lawsuit filed against the City of Quincy, Adams County, Police Chief Rob Copley, Adams County, State's Attorney Gary Farha, former Coroner Jim Keller, and several Quincy Police Officers by Curtis Lovelace in 2017 will proceed with changes, according to court documents.

In the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Judge Sue Myerscough ruled on Tuesday that the case will proceed against Defendants Adam Gibson, Robert Copley, John Summers, Dina Dreyer, James Keller, Gary Farha, the City of Quincy, and Adams County.

Previously the defendants in the case had filed motions for several summary judgments.

Judge Myerscough stated the court would grant summary judgment for the Quincy defendants for Lovelace’s and his son, Logan’s, intentional infliction of emotional distress claims.

Also included in the summary judgments was a motion to drop Det. Anjanette Biswell as a defendant in the case.

Judge Myerscough stated that Lovelace had agreed to dismiss Biswell without prejudice.

Also dismissed from the lawsuit were "Unknown Quincy Police Officers."

Judge Myerscough stated that Lovelace had not identified the “Unknown Quincy Police Officers” and the time for joining other parties or amending the pleadings had passed. The “Unknown Quincy Police Officers" were dismissed without prejudice.

Judge Myerscough stated the case will proceed against Defendants Adam Gibson, Robert Copley, John Summers, Dina Dreyer, James Keller, Gary Farha, the City of Quincy, and Adams County.

Lovelace filed the lawsuit in May of 2017 after he was found not guilty by a Sangamon County jury in the 2006 death of his first wife, Cory Lovelace. This was is after he was tried in Adams County Court and that jury was unable to reach a verdict after two days of deliberations in 2016.

The lawsuit alleges that Lovelace was deprived of due process, was maliciously prosecuted, and deprived of his constitutional rights.

The lawsuit does not provide an amount Lovelace is seeking.

Jim Roberts

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