Murder charges filed in death of Monticello woman
Murder charges were filed Tuesday by prosecutors in Lee County, the northern Illinois county where a Rockford man allegedly attacked a Monticello woman as she was leaving a rest area along Interstate 39.
Anna Sacco-Miller, the Lee County state's attorney, announced at a news conference Tuesday morning in Rockford that her office has filed 16 counts against Terence P. Doddy, 36, of Rockford in the death of Tonya "Toni" Bargman, 44, of Monticello.
On Friday, the Winnebago County state's attorney's office in Rockford also filed 16 counts against Doddy in a separate murder case, involving a Rockford man Doddy is accused of killing the day before he attacked Mrs. Bargman.
The Lee County charges include 12 counts of first-degree murder, one count of robbery, one count of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, one count of possession of another's credit card and one count of concealment of a homicidal death.
Katie Zimmerman with the Winnebago state's attorney's office said the two murder cases against Doddy will run concurrently and authorities will be shuttling the defendant back and forth between the two counties as each case unfolds. Zimmerman said Illinois law gives the state only so much time to prosecute, so the two offices will continue to work closely as each prosecutes Doddy.
Mrs. Bargman, 44, was a vice president at Central Illinois Bank in Monticello, where she and her husband lived and raised two sons. Her body was found about 8:30 p.m. July 1 by an attendant at the Paw Paw rest area on I-39 in Lee County, south of Rockford. Investigators reviewed surveillance video and determined she was attacked by a man as she left the restroom. Doddy was seen leaving in her vehicle, according to Illinois State Police reports. Shortly after her body was discovered, investigators issued law enforcement alerts nationwide for Doddy, who was already wanted by Rockford police in the murder of Todd Hansmeier, 37, whose body was found the previous day, beaten and partially burned, by firefighters responding to a fire call at a Rockford business.
Doddy eluded capture for two days and was spotted, still in Mrs. Bargman's vehicle, more than once the morning of July 4 in northern Illinois. Those sightings led to his capture later that morning in Beloit, Wis., after a high-speed chase that crossed the state line multiple times and ended when Doddy crashed into a tree. Doddy was taken to a Rock County, Wis., hospital for treatment of injuries from the crash. Last week, he was transferred to Winnebago County, where he made his first court appearance on Friday.
Doddy pleaded not guilty to the 15 counts against him in Hansmeier's death. He is being represented in that case by the public defender's office.
Doddy also faces a charge of aggravated domestic battery that was filed July 1 in Winnebago County, and his wife, Charlotte Doddy, had an order of protection filed against him on June 18, according to court records.