Docket No. 104443.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, Appellee, v.
LAURENCE LOVEJOY, Appellant.
Opinion filed September 24, 2009.
CHIEF JUSTICE FITZGERALD delivered the judgment of the
court, with opinion.
Justices Thomas, Kilbride, Garman, and Karmeier concurred in the
judgment and opinion.
Justice Freeman specially concurred, with opinion, joined by
Following a jury trial in Du Page County, defendant, Laurence
Lovejoy, was convicted of the first degree murder of his 16-year-old
stepdaughter, Erin Justice. Defendant was found eligible for the death
penalty on two statutory grounds and sentenced to death. On direct
appeal to this court (Ill. Const. 1970, art. VI, §4(b); 134 Ill. 2d R.
603), defendant raises numerous claims of error occurring during the
guilt and penalty phases of his trial. We reverse his conviction and
sentence and remand for a new trial.