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Rockford man faces Lee County murder charge

36-year-old charged in Rockford, Paw Paw killings

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:22 a.m. CDT
Terence Doddy
Tonya "Toni" Bargman

ROCKFORD – A man already facing a first-degree murder charge for a Rockford killing now faces a murder charge in a Lee County death as well.

Terence Doddy was arrested July 4 after crashing a stolen car into a tree near Beloit, Wisconsin. He was the prime police suspect after two people were found murdered that week: a man in Rockford, and a woman at a rest stop off Interstate 39 near Paw Paw.

On Friday, Doddy pleaded not guilty to the charges in Winnebago County Court.

During a news conference Tuesday morning in Rockford, Lee County State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said Doddy would face charges in her county, as well.

His Lee County charges are:

• First-degree murder (12 counts)

• Robbery

• Unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle

• Concealment of a homicidal death

• Unlawful possession of another's credit card

Doddy is scheduled to appear in Lee County court Wednesday morning.

Authorities say that on June 30, Doddy killed 37-year-old co-worker Todd Hansmeier, of Rockford, at a Rockford call center before stealing the victim's car. The Winnebago County coroner's office said the preliminary cause of Hansmeier's death was traumatic neck and head injury.

An autopsy also discovered burns on part of his body, but said they were caused after Hansmeier's death. An inquest will be scheduled.

Doddy is also accused of killing Tonya "Toni" Bargman, 44, of Monticello, on the night of July 1 at the Willow Creek rest stop near Paw Paw in southeastern Lee County, and then stealing her car. A surveillance video showed Bargman being attacked as she left a restroom at the rest stop; her body was found by an attendant. Investigators later found Hansmeier's stolen car at the scene.

According to charging information filed in Lee County, Doddy "knowingly asphyxiated Tonya Bargman by putting his hands around her throat and stuffing her head in the toilet, thereby causing [her death.]" The indictment goes on to say the murder was "committed in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner."

Lee County Coroner Jesse Partington declined to comment on Bargman's official cause of death, saying the investigation was incomplete, but Sacco-Miller said that during an autopsy, fluid was found in Bargman's lungs, and there was also evidence of choking.

According to her obituary, Bargman was born in Sterling and was a retail market manager and vice president for Central Illinois Bank.

Doddy will be tried jointly in both Winnebago and Lee county courts by a team of attorneys from the offices of state's attorney in both counties. Sacco-Miller said she wasn't sure yet which county would put him on trial first.

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