The announcement date in the wrongful death settlement filed by the mother of Tamra Turpin is scheduled for Tuesday.
Turpin’s mother, Evalena Duncan, filed a petition for a wrongful death settlement Tuesday, Sept. 12, against John B. Loveless, a St. Clair attorney and businessman.
The approval hearing initially was set for Oct. 17 but was canceled and rescheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 8:30 a.m.
Turpin, 36, was found dead March 2, 2016, in a condo the couple had rented in Playa del Carmen. A forensic examination concluded she died of asphyxia by strangulation. Loveless was acquitted by a Mexican tribunal in March 2017.
According to court records, Duncan and Loveless agreed to a settlement and a petition was filed in the Franklin County Circuit Court requesting a judge rule that the settlement is fair. The judge is charged with determining if the settlement is reasonable under the circumstances.
The terms of the settlement have not been released.
First assigned to the case was Circuit Judge Ike Lamke, who recused himself Sept. 12. When asked why he recused himself, Lamke told The Missourian he could not comment on current cases. Presiding Circuit Judge Gael D. Wood also recused himself Sept. 14.
Associate Circuit Judge Dave Hoven then was assigned the case Sept. 14. According to local court rules, if the circuit judge and then presiding circuit judge recuse themselves from a case, it is handed down to the Division 6 judge.
Loveless is being represented by Tyler J. Finnegan, St. Charles, and David P. Bub, with Brown and Janes PC, St. Louis. The co-counsel for Loveless entered appearances Sept. 21.
Duncan lives in Grand Prairie, Texas. She is being represented by Becker, Robinson & Brinkmann LLC, Union.