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Illinois man indicted on 23 counts of murder

Terence Doddy
Terence Doddy
Winnebago County Jail

A Rockford, Ill, man now stands accused of 23 counts of murder, prosecutors in Winnebago and Lee counties announced at a press conference Tuesday, July 22.

According to information released by Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato and Lee County States Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller, 36-year-old Terence Doddy has been indicted on a total of 31 counts, 23 for first-degree murder in the deaths of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman, of Monticello, Ill., and 37-year-old Todd Hansmeier, of Rockford. His case will be handled through a joint prosecution

In Lee County, Doddy faces 12 counts of first-degree murder and single counts of robbery, concealment of a homicidal death, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of a stolen credit card. Authorities have not announced which county will prosecute him first.

Doddy is being held without bond in the Winnebago County Jail. He will be transported to Lee County Wednesday morning for an arraignment in front of Judge Ronald Jacobson. He is also scheduled to appear in front of Judge John Truitt Wednesday afternoon for a status hearing.

Police say after killing Hansmeier inside a Rockford call center office, June 30, he stole Hansmeier’s car, drove to the Willow Creek rest area in Paw Paw, Ill., and attacked Bargman, of Monticello, Ill. She was found dead July 1, near the restroom. Police say a security camera captured the attack.

Doddy was arrested Friday, July 4, after crashing Bargman’s car in Beloit, Wis. His arrest ended a five-day nationwide manhunt.

According to court documents, Doddy’s wife was granted a restraining order against him following a June 18 incident when he allegedly battered and threatened to kill her. Authorities say an argument about the couple’s mounting financial problems and Doddy’s alleged gambling sparked the incident.

In Winnebago County, Doddy faces a 15-count indictment. Bond had originally been set at $1.1 million, but since the return of the indictment, the judge has ordered no bond be allowed at this time.

Doddy has been assigned public defender Brad Morrison, of Rockford.

In Wisconsin, Doddy has been charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with the high-speed chase that ended when he hit a tree while driving Bargman’s Nissan Altima. Sources say that charge will be dismissed.

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