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Doddy makes first appearance in Lee County

Sterling native asphyxiated, court documents say

DIXON – A Rockford man charged with murdering two people, one a Sterling native, made his first appearance in Lee County court Wednesday morning.

Terence Doddy, 36, was escorted into the empty courtroom wearing a striped Winnebago County Jail jumpsuit and surrounded by three armed guards.

Doddy is charged with 12 counts of first-degree murder, robbery, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, concealment of a homicidal death, and unlawful possession of another’s credit card.

Tonya “Toni” Bargman was strangled the night of July 1 at Willow Creek rest stop near Paw Paw in southeastern Lee County, and her car was stolen.

Doddy “knowingly asphyxiated Tonya Bargman by putting his hands around her throat and stuffing her head in the toilet, thereby causing [her death],” according to documents filed by Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller.

He was arrested July 4 after a police chase near Beloit, Wisconsin. Authorities say he was driving Bargman’s car.

A surveillance video showed Bargman, who lived in Monticello, being attacked as she left a restroom; her body was found by an attendant. Investigators found a car belonging to the man police say was Doddy’s first victim at the rest stop.

He also is charged in Winnebago County with the June 30 murder of a co-worker and high school friend, Todd Hansmeier, 37, a Rockford insurance salesman who was found dead of head and neck injuries at a business.

Doddy pleaded not guilty to his murder last week, and is being held in Winnebago County Jail without bond.

Wednesday morning, Doddy told Lee County Court Judge Ron Jacobson that he had closed all of his bank accounts a few days before June 30. Lee County Public Defender Bob Thompson was appointed to represent him.

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