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Rockford man pleads not guilty to murdering Sterling native

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 11:36 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 10:30 p.m. CST

DIXON – During a brief hearing Monday morning in Lee County Court, a Rockford man pleaded not guilty to murdering a former Sterling woman.

Terence P. Doddy, 36, was indicted Friday on 12 counts of first-degree murder, one count of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, and one count of unlawful possession of another's credit card in the death of Tonya "Toni" Bargman, of Monticello. (Defendants often are charged with multiple counts of the same crime to give the judge or jury options when considering a verdict.)

He also is charged in Winnebago County with the June 30 murder of a co-worker and former best friend, Todd Hansmeier, 37, a Rockford insurance salesman who was found dead of head and neck injuries. His body was burned after his death, police said.

Bargman, a Sterling native, was strangled the night of July 1 at Willow Creek rest stop near Paw Paw in southeastern Lee County, and her car was stolen. A surveillance video shows her being attacked as she left a restroom, and investigators found Hansmeier's car at the rest stop.

According to the indictment, Doddy "knowingly asphyxiated Tonya Bargman by putting his hands around her throat and stuffing her head in the toilet thereby causing [her death]."

"The murder was committed in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner, pursuant to a preconceived plan, scheme, or design to take a human life by unlawful means," the charge says.

Doddy was arrested July 4 after a police chase near Beloit, Wisconsin, ended when he slammed the car he was driving, which police said was Bargman's, into a tree.

Doddy, who also pleaded not guilty to Hansmeier's murder, was in Winnebago County Jail without bond.

He is being represented in the Bargman case by Lee County Public Defender Bob Thompson. His next Lee County appearance is Aug. 21.

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