Decatur Co. murder suspect doesn’t appear for court

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DECATURVILLE, Tenn. — The man charged in the shooting death of Wesley Conway was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday. Court officials said no one requested Dustin Lovelace be transported from the Carroll County jail for his appearance. Judge Creed McGinley asked the state to make sure Lovelace is present for his next hearing in December. Lovelace was charged in September with first-degree murder along with a dozen other drug, theft and firearm charges. Conway, a friend of Lovelace’s, was shot and killed with a rifle in his Decaturville driveway on Nov. 9, 2013. Conway’s family said it has been almost one year since he was killed and that this makes it difficult to sit in the courtroom. “We’re still grieving real bad, a lot, from it, and it’s just a lot of emotions when you have to come in here,” said Vicki Byrd, Conway’s aunt. Byrd said Conway’s mother was visibly upset in court and is frustrated with how slow things seem to be moving in the courtroom. “We just miss him and it’s just, nothing’s going to bring him back but there’s going to be a lot of hard days down the road, we know,” Byrd said. She said they now are handing out blue ribbons to mark the one-year anniversary of Wesley’s death. “We want justice for Wesley to remind everybody, you know, that we’re here and we’re going to be here every court date, any time it’s going on,” she said. Lovelace is scheduled to be back in court in December.

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