Rest-stop slaying suspect now charged in earlier death

Rest-stop slaying suspect now charged in earlier death

DIXON — The man who pleaded guilty to killing a Monticello mother of two last summer was a no-show at his sentencing Monday morning in Lee County Circuit Court.

Bob Redmond, supervisor of the Winnebago County Jail, testified that Terence P. Doddy, 37, told him earlier this morning that he felt he already did his part by pleading guilty, wasn’t sure what his emotional state would be and didn’t want to face the victim’s family.

Doddy pleaded guilty in April to first-degree murder charges in the death of Tonya “Toni” Bargman, 44, a 1988 Monticello High School graduate and Central Illinois Bank manager who was on her way back from a work conference when she was murdered at the Paw Paw rest area of Interstate 39.

Mrs. Bargman’s family members left the courtroom shortly after the 9 a.m. hearing began to spare them from hearing any of the gruesome details of the July 1, 2014, murder or seeing any photographs from the scene.

They returned to the courtroom at about 10:15 a.m., following a presentation by prosecutors that included:

— Airing of a security video from outside the restroom where Mrs. Bargman was killed. The video lasted about 10 minutes, didn’t include sound and, at the family’s request, was on a screen that could be seen only by the judge, court reporter, lawyers and a witness. 

— Testimony by an Illinois State Police officer, who described arriving at the scene after Doddy killed Mrs. Bargman and stole her gray 2013 Nissan Altima. The officer said items from Mrs. Bargman were strewn about the floor of the women’s restroom. Missing was a credit card, which Doddy later used to buy cigarettes at a Casey’s store, then gas in Rockford. 

Just before 10:30 a.m. Monday, the focus shifted to a second murder to which Doddy pleaded guilty. One day before killing Mrs. Bargman, authorities say, he killed his former best friend, Todd Hansmeier, whose body was found by firefighters, beaten and partially burned, at a Rockford business.

The Winnebago County State’s Attorney, who prosecuted Doddy for Mr. Hansmeier’s murder, briefly questioned a Rockford detective about that case in Lee County court Monday. Among the revelations: Mr. Hansmeier realized in the days leading up to his death that Doddy had his debit card and pin number and was withdrawing funds from his bank account. 

Mr. Hansmeier planned to confront Doddy about it on the day he was murdered, the detective testified Monday.

Doddy is scheduled to be sentenced for Mr. Hansmeier’s murder on June 15 in Winnebago County Circuit Court. Doddy told the court he does not wish to be present for that sentencing either.

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