Lovett is charged with the 1988 double homicide of Tonya Pickett, 16, and her stepfather, Ricky Mustard, 32. Judge Joe Trout told The Brazil Times Monday that after extensive research, he concluded that an evidentiary hearing needs to take place before bail is set. An evidentiary hearing allows a defendant the opportunity to present evidence and challenge the prosecution's evidence. Since no such hearing took place, the previous bond was inappropriate. Consequently, the bond was revoked and Lovett was ordered back in jail. Lovett turned himself in to Indiana State Police Det. Troy Stanton Monday afternoon. Trout said Lovett turned himself in and cooperated. The new warrant ordered Lovett be held without bail pending the evidentiary hearing. Special prosecutors on this case are David Powell and Delbert Brewer. Lovett is currently represented by James Organ, a public defender. However, Lovett will soon be represented by private counsel.
In October 2008, Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout set bail for $200,000 as the state's circumstantially based evidence was not sufficient enough to prevent bail. (Bail was officially declared in April.) On Dec. 17, 2008, Lovett posted bond. A trial date that was scheduled for Feb. 23, 2009. In August 2009, defense counsel filed a motion to appeal certain evidentiary rulings in Hendrix County Superior Court Division 1. Superior Court Judge Robert Freese has stayed the trial until the evidentiary issues are resolved. In the mean time, Lovett remains free on bond and is presumed innocent unless otherwise proven in a court of law!