Killer dies in prison after testing positive for COVID

DOVER (AP) — A convicted killer serving two life sentences for a 1982 double murder has died after testing positive for COVID-19, Delaware prison officials said Wednesday.

Authorities said Jackie R. Lovett, 71, died Wednesday at a Dover hospital of complications from hypothyroidism and COVID.

Lovett was tested for COVID-19 on July 5 as part of the Department of Correction’s testing of all inmates.

After his test result came back positive, Lovett was transferred from Sussex Correctional Institution and treated at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center’s COVID-19 treatment facility. He was admitted to Bayhealth Hospital on July 14.

Lovett was from Salisbury, Maryland. He was sentenced to life in prison without probation or parole for the drug-related killings of Lori Todd and Richard Bull.

The victims’ bodies were found in a tributary of the Pocomoke River in Maryland. Both had been shot in the head.

A codefendant told police that he was in a farmhouse near Delmar, Delaware, when Lovett took both Todd and Bull in back of the farmhouse and murdered them.

A police officer testified that Lovett admitted that he shot Bull but said co-defendant Charles Bower later killed Todd.