Lee County prosecutors add a dozen murder charges against Terence Doddy

Terence Doddy
Terence Doddy

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Terence Doddy is now accused of 23 counts of first-degree murder as Lee County prosecutors, Tuesday, Jul 22, have added a total of 16 more charges against the 36-year-old.

According to information released by Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato and Lee County States Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller, Doddy’s case now includes formal charges in the death of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman, of Monticello, Ill.

In addition to a dozen counts of first-degree murder in Lee County, Doddy is charged with single counts of robbery, concealment of a homicidal death, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of a stolen credit card.

It is not known which county will prosecute Doddy first. Each case will be a joint prosecution.

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 37-year-old Todd Hansmeier inside the QVSM call center June 30, Doddy stole Hansmeier’s car, drove to the Willow Creek rest area in Paw Paw, Ill;, and attacked Bargman. She was found dead July 1, near the restroom. A security camera reportedly 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, 11 of 15 charges against Doddy are for murder. 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, he has been charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with the high-speed chase that ended when he hit a tree in Bargman’s Nissan Altima. The chase began near Rockton when an off-duty police officer spotted the vehicle near the Red Barn Golf Course. Doddy then led police on a chase into Wisconsin at speeds of as much as 100 mph.

After crashing, Doddy allegedly attempted to fight with officers. He was tased after a brief struggle and taken to a hospital. Doddy was later lodged in the Rock County Jail. He was extradited to Illinois last Wednesday.

Doddy faces life in prison.

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