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UPDATE: Terence Doddy granted new judge
UPDATE: Judge John Truitt will now preside over the case of accused killer Terence Doddy. Truitt replaces Judge Rosemary Collins and Chief Judge Joseph McGraw.
By Jim Hagerty
Accused killer Terence Doddy, of Rockford, has filed a motion requesting a new judge, according to court documents obtained Monday, July 21.
The Rock River Times also obtained a copy of the 15-count indictment that accuses Doddy of killing his friend, 37-year-old Todd Hansmeier, inside the call center where he worked. He is also the main suspect in a Lee County homicide that occurred the next day at the Willow Creek rest area off I-39 near Paw Paw, Ill.
Police say after killing Hansmeier inside the QVSM call center, he stole Hansmeier’s car, drove to the rest area, and attacked 44-year-old Toni Bargman, of Monticello, Ill. Bargman was later found dead 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.
Of the 15 counts included in the grand jury indictment, 11 are for murder. Doddy is also charged with robbery, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a stolen credit card and concealment of a homicidal death.
Doddy’s 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. The case is set for a Thursday, Aug. 28, court date.
In Wisconsin, Doddy has been charged with driving while intoxicated. Charges in Bargman’s death are pending.