UPDATE: STATELINE (WIFR) – The man accused of murdering his best friend has now officially been charged with killing an innocent woman.
Police believe Terence Doddy strangled Tonya Bargman at a Lee County rest stop before leading officers on a high speed chase days later.
Terence Doddy is now charged with two murders Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller is joining Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato in announcing 12 counts of first degree murder charges for the 36-year-old, claiming he killed Tonya Bargman at a rest stop near Paw Paw.
“It was an agreement that we made that I would wait until he’s back in the state of Illinois until we could actually sit down and talk about the coordinated prosecution before we actually file charges.”
Sacco-Miller says investigators believe Bargman was strangled. They also say she had water in her lungs, although it’s not clear if she drowned.
“Really there’s not a lot of detail that I can release at this point, the final cause of death has not been released yet.”
Also new today, Sacco-Miller and Bruscato announced their offices will work together on both cases. The state’s attorneys and the respective authorities, law enforcement agencies are included in this process, work collaboratively to get the desired outcome. This is one case where I think it’s necessary that we work this closely together.”
These latest developments come nearly a week after Doddy was first charged with the murder of his former best friend Todd Hansmeier. According to court records, investigators believe the killing was premeditated.
The reason there are so many first degree murder counts in both cases is because prosecutors are covering all possible theories leading up to the alleged crimes. Doddy will be in court tomorrow, in Lee County early in the morning, then in Winnebago County in the early afternoon.
Doddy is facing 15 total counts in Winnebago Count, eleven for first degree murder. He’s facing 16 counts in Lee County, again 12 for first degree murder.
UPDATE: STATELINE (WIFR) – Terence Doddy is officially charged now with two murders, the latest that of Tonya Bargman. If you remember, the day after police allege Doddy killed his former best friend Todd Hansmeier in Rockford, police say Doddy allegedly killed Bargman who was at a rest stop along I-39 near Paw Paw.
Police say after her death, Doddy stole Bargman’s car, the same one used to elude police in a high speed chase that ended with a violent crash into a tree in the Town of Beloit.
Doddy is facing 11 counts of first degree murder in the Hansmeier case in Winnebago County and now facing 16 counts out of Lee County, 12 of which are for the first degree murder of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman. Winnebago County & Lee County prosecutors say they will work together to prosecute Doddy in both counties.
Judge John Truitt has been assigned to the murder case of Terence Doddy. Doddy requested Monday that Judge Rosemary Collins or Chief Judge Joseph McGraw not be assigned to his trial. Doddy will be in court Tuesday afternoon for a status hearing.
We will have more on this story tonight on 23 News at 5, 6, and 10.
UPDATE: WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) – Double-murder suspect Terence Doddy is asking for someone else to hear the charges against him.
In a hearing today, Doddy’s attorney asked for a judge other than Rosemary Collins or Joseph McGraw.
He’s charged with killing his former best friend in Rockford and is suspected of killing a woman at a rest stop near Paw Paw.
UPDATE: WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- Double murder suspect Terence Doddy has pled not guilty to the alleged murder of his former best friend in Winnebago County court today.
Doddy made his first appearance since being extradited to Rockford. After being assigned a public defender, Doddy was made aware of the fifteen charges he’s facing, all relating to a wild week where police say Doddy is suspected of killing two people, one being his former best friend Todd Hansmeier.
Doddy is facing 11 counts of first degree murder and single counts of concealment of homicide death, robbery, possession of a stolen card and possession of a stolen credit card. He has not been charged in the death of Tonya Barman though he is the only suspect in that case.
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers says double murder suspect Terence Doddy has been booked in the Winnebago County Jail and is in Rockford.
Doddy waived his rights to extradition in a Rock County, Wisconsin, court hearing today. Four hours later Doddy was back in Rockford and will be facing three counts of first degree murder in the case involving the murder of Doddy's former best friend Todd Hansmeier.
Doddy is also the only suspect in the murder of Tonya Bargman, a woman allegedly killed at a rest stop near Paw Paw.
We'll continue to update you on this case and any other case involving Doddy as information becomes available.
ROCK COUNTY (WIFR) -- Double murder suspect Terence Doddy will be on his way back to Winnebago County tonight, according to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department.
Doddy signed extradition waiver forms in Rock County court agreeing to be taken back to Winnebago County. The Rockford man faces three counts of first-degree murder.
Doddy is accused of killing 37-year-old Todd Hansmeier June 30 inside a Rockford call center. He's also a suspect in the death of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman. Her body was found July 2 at a rest stop off I-39 near Paw Paw.
On July 4, Doddy was taken into custody after a high-speed chase involving several police agencies across the Stateline.
We'll have the latest on today's hearing on 23 News at 5.
STATELINE (WIFR) – A more than 20-year-old drowning case has reopened as police try to determine if double murder suspect, Terence Doddy was involved with his ex-girlfriend’s death.
Police are now investigating whether Doddy is linked to 15-year-old Stephanie Johnston’s drowning in 1993, back when the high school sophomore was dating the now double murder suspect.
Detectives say they simply did a search in their records of Doddy’s name and it came up in a police report from Stephanie Johnston’s drowning. Doddy was 15 years old back then and was interviewed by deputies about his girlfriend’s disappearance.
Johnston’s body was found in the Rock River near Old River Road just north of Latham on December 31st 1993 after having been missing for more than two months. Sheriff Dick Meyers says there were no signs of trauma to Johnston’s body – no gunshot wounds, stab wounds, or signs that she was beaten. The official cause of death was ruled drowning. It’s a case Sheriff Meyers says he never forgot.
“The people living at this address on Old River Road spotted the body in the river and it was frozen, it was wintertime and the body was actually frozen. We had to get chainsaws and cut a block of ice out and get a wrecker to lift the ice out to make a recovery of the body,” Sheriff Meyers says.
There were never any indications of foul play surrounding Johnston’s death but Sheriff Meyers says now that Doddy is accused of two murders, it could change things.
We reached out to Johnston’s mother today who said she is just very overwhelmed by everything right now.
Doddy is accused of murdering two people, one in Rockford the other at a rest stop in Paw Paw. He’s currently being held in the Rock County Jail waiting to be extradited to Rockford.
STATELINE (WIFR) – Terence Doddy the man accused of killing two people before leading police on a nationwide manhunt appears in court battered and in a wheelchair. Investigators say he was injured when he crashed into a tree during a high speed multi-state crash.
We found out today that Doddy was high on cocaine when he led officers on a wild and dangerous high speed chase that ended with him crashing into a tree.
Doddy’s face appears to be severely bruised as he was wheeled in front of the camera in a wheel chair for his first court hearing in Rock County. The court commissioner set Doddy’s cash at $210,000 for warrants in Illinois for homicide and domestic battery. In Rock County, Doddy faces charges for driving his car while on cocaine. We’re told by Rock County Deputy District Attorney that Doddy could be charged with more in Wisconsin but won’t at this point considering what’s waiting for him in Illinois.
It could be as long as three months before Doddy can be extradited to Illinois, if he doesn't waive his rights. If Doddy fights extradition, then Illinois would have to go the route of a governor’s warrant where Illinois governor Pat Quinn would issue a warrant and ask Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to send Doddy to Illinois.
Doddy’s first extradition hearing will be on July 25th. We will continue to update you on this case as we learn more.
UPDATE: ROCK COUNTY (WIFR) -- The man accused of killing two people and sparking a nationwide manhunt has been released from the hospital and is now in jail.
Rock County Sheriff's Deputies say Terence Doddy is in the county jail.
Doddy was arrested on Friday after a police chase that went from South Beloit up into western Beloit. He crashed the car he was driving and was then tased by officers.
Doddy will have to be extradited back to Winnebago County. No word yet on when that will happen.
UPDATE (WIFR) -- Rockford Police say the double murder suspect is still in the hospital after being involved in a car crash and being tased on Friday.
Officers say Doddy crashed the gray Nissan Altima he's accused of stealing into a tree and was then tased by officers.
The chase started in South Beloit and ended in western Beloit.
Doddy is accused of killing Todd Hansmeier inside an office building in Rockford on Monday morning. Investigators say he then killed Tonya Bargman at a rest stop near Paw Paw.
Once he's released from the hospital Doddy will be transferred to the Rock County Jail. He'll then have to be extradited back to Rockford.
UPDATE: Authorities have taken murder suspect Terence Doddy into custody.
According to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department, a Rockton police officer saw Doddy in the stolen gray 2013 Nissan with the Illinois license plate BARGMN2 around 10:12 a.m. behind the old Sand Trap Bar in Rockton on Wagon Wheel Road.
The vehicle was hidden in a wooded area behind the building. As the officer was waiting for back-up, the vehicle fled the area.
A short time later, an Illinois State trooper observed Doddy driving in South Beloit. The suspect fled, starting a high-speed chase involving Illinois State Police, Winnebago County sheriff's deputies, among other law enforcement agencies.
The pursuit went into Wisconsin, returned back into Shirland, Illinois, then headed back into Wisconsin. At that point, Beloit and Rock County officers assisted as well. During the pursuit, speeds going over 100 miles per hour were reached.
The chase ended along Highway 81 in Rock County when Doddy lost control and hit a tree.
After a short struggle, Doddy was taken into custody and transported to Mercy Hospital in Janesville for treatment.
When released, Doddy will be taken to the Rock County Jail and held on the Rockford Police warrant for first-degree murder, pending extradition.
The criminal investigation of the murders is ongoing by the Rockford Police Department and the Illinois State Police.
UPDATE: Authorities have a Rockford murder suspect in custody after an alleged police chase throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin Friday morning.
Beloit police confirm suspect Terence Doddy was taken into custody. According to scanner traffic, it happened near Highway 81 and Paddock around 11:45 a.m. For the past hour, authorities have been following Doddy across the Stateline, starting in Rockton and ending in Beloit, according to scanner traffic.
Scanner traffic indicates a crash with injuries was reported at the site where Doddy was allegedly taken into custody.
We will update you with the latest once details have been confirmed.
UPDATE: A suspect tied to two Stateline murders was allegedly spotted driving in Rockton Friday morning.
According to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department, a Rockton police officer spotted Terence Doddy driving in a car after 10:30 a.m. in the 12000 block of Wagon Wheel Lane headed northbound. The vehicle is a 2013 gray Nissan Altima with the Illinois license plate BRGMN2 stolen from a woman found murdered on I-39.
Authorities tell 23 News once they arrived on the scene, Doddy was not found.
UPDATE: Regional law enforcement are still looking for a Rockford murder suspect.
According to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department, a large scale search for Terence Doddy was conducted Thursday evening into early Friday morning. Authorities were looking in the area north of Roscoe Road to the Wisconsin state line.
Doddy is still believed to be driving a stolen gray 2013 Nissan Altima with the Illinois license plate BARGMN2.
Anyone with information on Doddy is asked to call police.
The murder investigations are still underway by Illinois State Police and the Rockford Police Department.
UPDATE: WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- Terence Doddy remains on the loose Friday morning despite an extensive manhunt in northern Winnebago County Thursday night.
An off duty Winnebago County Sheriff’s detective spotted Doddy driving the stolen Nissan north on North Main Street near Roscoe Road around 7pm. There was another sighting on Old River Road and Gleasman near Atwood Golf Course.
Nearly 3 dozen officers from the county, the State Police and other departments canvassed the area for around five hours, but there was no sign of Doddy or the Nissan. Illinois State Police released a picture of Doddy leaving a Rockford area store with camping gear Monday night. This was sometime between the two murders he allegedly committed. At this point there is no other report of a stolen car linked to Doddy so authorities believe he is still using the gray Nissan with the BARGMN2 plates. If you see him or the car, please call 9-1-1 and do not take any other action.
UPDATE: Several police departments and dozens of officers are searching parts just west of Roscoe after someone claimed to have spotted the double murder suspect Terance Doddy driving one of the victim's cars.
It's a case we've been following from the start we just spoke with police who tell us someone spotted Doddy driving from Machesney Park toward Roscoe just before 9:00 pm Thursday night.
The caller told officers the license plate and car match the one he allegedly stole, after allegedly killing at a woman at a Lee County rest stop Tuesday night.
The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department says an off duty detective spotted Doddy at approximately 7:00 pm Northbound on North Main St. in the area of Roscoe Road. He was heading north at a high rate of speed.
Sources within the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department say Doddy was allegedly spotted driving north bound where we are on Old River Road near Gleasman. There may have been another spotting on Route 2 near Wagon Wheel Road in Rockton.
Remember police believe he's driving a gray 2013 Nissan Altima the same car he allegedly stole after police say he allegedly killed Tonya Bargman at a rest stop near Paw Paw. The Illinois license plate reads Bargmn2..
Police are cautioning anyone staying on camping grounds, staying outdoors. They say that's because Doddy may have a blue dome style tent and may use it to hide.
Police also released this photo showing Doddy shopping at a Rockford area store Monday the same day he allegedly killed his best friend, Todd Hansmeier.
Police are actively combing the area. We hear there may be as many as 30 police units searching for Doddy. Police are asking us to call 911 immediately if we see Doddy or his car but we're told not to approach him.
UPDATE: STATELINE (WIFR) – The nation-wide search for the man police believe killed two people is now back in Rockford.
Police have released new photos including what police believe is Terence Doddy shopping at a local store the same day he’s suspected of beating his friend to death inside a local call center, before allegedly killing an innocent woman at a Lee County rest stop.
Detectives think Doddy is traveling with a blue dome-style tent and are warning us to be extra careful outdoors and at camp grounds.
Rock Cut’s camping grounds are all booked up for this 4th of July weekend which may be troubling for some now that state police tell us double murder suspect Terence Doddy has the equipment to hide out at camping grounds.
Images released today show more accurately the gray 2013 Nissan Altima police believe Doddy stole after allegedly killing Tonya Bargman at a rest stop in Paw Paw on Tuesday. Police are searching for that vehicle with license plate number BARGMN2. This next photo is of a blue dome style camping tent Doddy may have with him. The photo was taken on Monday and shows Doddy at a Rockford area store leaving with items.
Police are cautioning anyone at campgrounds, rest stops, or anywhere else outdoors to keep an eye out and take precaution as investigators are considering Doddy dangerous.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the police.
We’re also learning more about one of the victims Doddy is suspected of killing and why some say Todd Hansmeier and Doddy were best friends.
Josh Heckelmiller says Todd Hansmeier always wanted to have a good time. Heckelmiller lived with Todd for two years and says Todd was always there when anyone needed him, including Terence Doddy.
“I always though of Terry as Todd’s best friend.”
That’s why Heckelmiller says it’s hard to imagine Todd is gone and that Doddy is wanted for his murder
“Shocking. I mean I never would’ve thought Terry would be capable of something like this. He was always polite, nice…it’s unbelievable.”
Investigators say Doddy could be connected to the murder of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman at a Lee County rest stop.
“Todd was trying to help him out and this is why it’s so difficult to understand how this could’ve occurred.”
Jim Novak was Todd’s boss at Apple Insurance in Roscoe. He says everyone loved Todd and his vibrant spirit.
“He was like the son I never had.”
Novak says he’s worried because Doddy is still out there.
“It’s a very eerie feeling because not that he would come to our office but it’s just for all the citizens of Rockford and Winnebago County that they should be on alert,” Novak says.
Memorial services for Todd Hansmeier will be held next week.
UPDATE: STATELINE (WIFR) -- Illinois State Police (ISP) investigators are working with the Rockford Police Department, U.S. Marshals and law enforcement nationwide to locate 36-year-old Terence Doddy of Rockford, who is a suspect in two murders in the last four days.
Police believe Doddy may be linked to the murders of 37-year-old Todd Hansmeier that occurred in Rockford on June 30 and the murder of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman of Monticello, IL, on July 1 at the Willow Creek rest stop in Paw Paw, IL.
ISP Investigators have obtained new surveillance video and are now releasing images of Bargman’s Gray 2013 Nissan Altima with Illinois plates BARGMN2 with specific details including a silver colored "Illini Nissan" decal located at the lower rear bumper of the vehicle.
Police also believe that Doddy may be in possession of a blue dome styled camping tent.
Police have provided updated photo of Doddy obtained from store surveillance where Doddy is believed to be in the process of exiting a store location with several items. The store is not being named at this time, but is located in the Rockford area
Investigators have issued law enforcement alerts nationwide and police have received numerous tips and leads from the public. Anyone with any information or sightings of the vehicle or Doddy should immediately call 911 and are urged to NOT approach.
Law enforcement officials continue to urge the public to take the necessary safety precautions when visiting rest stop areas, campgrounds and other outdoor areas during the holiday weekend.
STATELINE (WIFR) – There’s a nationwide search for Terence Doddy, the Rockford man police believe may have killed two people in the last three days. Police say 44-year-old Tonya Bargman from Monticello, Illinois was killed at a Lee County rest stop before her car was stolen.
It happened at the Willow Creek rest stop location just off of I-39 in Paw Paw. Investigators say surveillance video shows Bargman was leaving the bathroom when she was attacked by a man. Police say the suspect was seen leaving the area in Bargman’s car. A gray 2013 Nissan Altima with Illinois License Plat BARGMN2. Doddy is wanted by Rockford Police for allegedly beating Todd Hansmeier to death earlier this week leaving his body in a call center behind peak fitness officers found Hansmeier’s black Chevy Cruze at the rest stop. Anyone with information is asked to call Illinois State Police.
People who knew Doddy say they’re shocked to hear he’s possibly connected to another murder, however court records show Doddy threatened to kill his own wife.
Terence Doddy’s wife filed this order of protection just two weeks ago. In it she claims Terence threatened to punch her to death and take their four-year-old son. According to the file, Terence would argue with his wife about using their money to gamble.
“It’s awful,” says Doddy’s former boss, Steve Korn. “To have a break like this and go on a rampage, it’s beyond comprehension to me. You knew this man for six years and he worked for us and you wish somehow you could go back in time and find some clue to his personality that would’ve said...or get him help.”
Investigators say Terence could be connected to a second murder at Willow Creek rest stop in Lee County, where officers say 44-year-old Tonya Bargman was attacked by a man while leaving the restroom.
Terence was seen leaving the area in her car, a gray 2013 Nissan Altima.
“It’s so needless, you could take what you want. Apparently he wanted a new set of car keys, a new ride and he could’ve got that very easily from somebody without having to take their life. It just shows no conscious.”
Terence has not yet been charged in the second murder. He is wanted on an aggravated domestic battery warrant as well as murder charges for the death of Todd Hansmeier.
Doddy’s former boss Steve Korn says Doddy and Hansmeier were friends and knew each other from high school. Korn says he’s still trying to make sense of it all.
There’s no word yet on how Bargman was killed. Investigators say at this point Doddy is only a person of interest, not a suspect.
Anyone with any information in the investigation or Doddy's whereabouts is urged to contact 911 or the ISP Zone 2 office at 815-632-4010. Police are also urging the public to take necessary safety precautions when visiting rest stop areas and that if you see Doddy, to NOT approach him and call police immediately.
UPDATE: Illinois State Police have identified the woman killed at the Willow Creek Rest Stop near Paw Paw as 44-year-old Tonya Bargman of Monticello, IL.
36-year-old Terence Doddy, a man wanted for a murder in Rockford, is now also a person of interest in the investigation.
UPDATE: The man wanted for the murder of a man found dead inside QVSM Call Center on North Alpine Monday morning is now a possible suspect in another death investigation.
36-year-old Terence Doddy is now a person of interest in the death of a woman that happened off of I-39 at the Willow Creek Rest Area near Paw Paw around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators say that after reviewing surveillance video from the rest stop they have determined that the woman was attacked by a man after exiting the restroom.
Doddy is already accused of killing 37-year-old Todd Hansmeier in Rockford.
Police believe Doddy stole Todd Hansmeier's car after Doddy allegedly killing Hansmeier at a call center on North Alpine. Rockford Police say Hansmeier's car has been found in Lee County where the woman was killed. Officers tell us they are now looking for a 2013 gray Nissan Altima belonging to the second victim with the license play B-A-R-G-M-N-2.
Anyone with any information in the investigation or Doddy's whereabouts is urged to contact 911 or the ISP Zone 2 office at 815-632-4010. Police are also urging the public to take necessary safety precautions when visiting rest stop areas.
UPDATE: Police have issued an arrest warrant for 36-year-old Terence Doddy in connection to the death of Todd Hansmeier.
37-year-old Todd Hansmeier was found dead in an east side call center Monday morning and the Winnebago County Coroner's office says he was likely beaten to death. Fire crews found the Hansmeier's slightly burned body yesterday morning at QVSM call center on North Alpine Road right behind Peak Fitness.
Police say Doddy is wanted on three counts of murder as well as an aggravated domestic battery warrant with a bond of $100,000. Investigators say Doddy is believed to be in possession of Hansmeier's black 2011 Chevrolet Cruze with Illinois plates L611935. If you see Doddy or the vehicle, do not approach and instead, call police.
UPDATE: The Winnebago County Coroner's Office reports the man found dead in a burning office Monday morning is 37-year-old Todd Hansmeier of Rockford. His partially burned body was found at the QVSM Call Center on North Alpine yesterday morning. An autopsy is being conducted today to determine what killed Hansmeier.
Rockford Police are calling the investigation a homicide. It appears Hansmeier and a QVSM employee were at the business before it opened yesterday. The employee has not been seen or heard from since.
Anyone with information in this investigation is asked to call the Rockford Police Department at 815-987-5824 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.
UPDATE: Police are now calling a suspicious death a homicide after an early morning fire at a call center in Rockford leads to the discovery of a body.
The owner of QVSM Call Center in the 300 block of North Alpine Road, says the body was found in an office and the fire was confined to that office. It's not clear if the person was dead before the fire or was killed by the fire.
The victim did not work for the call center and the owner did say an employee's car was found in the parking lot, but that employee is now missing.
Anyone with information in this investigation is asked to call the Rockford Police Department at 815-987-5824 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A death investigation is underway after an early morning fire in Rockford.
Police say a body was found in the 300 block of North Alpine Road after a fire. We'll update you as soon as we learn more.