A nonprofit organization in Springfield, Illinois has pledged to help Curtis Lovelace find a new defense team for his second murder trial.

Private investigator Bill Clutter is one of the founding members of Investigating Innocence, which provides support for indigent inmates, lawyers and innocence projects around the country.

Clutter says his group is trying to find a lawyer who will represent Lovelace for free, and has set up a web page to raise money to help with the costs of the retrial.

Clutter hopes to have a new defense team in place in the next week.
Lovelace’s first trial for the 2006 murder of his wife, Cory, ended in a hung jury. The retrial is set for May 31st.