Attempted Murder Charges Filed In Pocahontas Incident

A Pocahontas man was charged in Bond County Circuit Court Friday morning with allegedly attempting to kill his father on August 15.

Jeremy B. Tedrick, age 36, was originally charged with disorderly conduct after a fire occurred at his father’s house located at 803 Yates Street in Pocahontas. The Bond County Sheriff’s Department received notice about 9 a.m. August 15 of a house fire and fight at that location.

Jeremy Tedrick was injured and eventually went to a St. Louis hospital for treatment. The disorderly conduct charge was officially filed against him, and upon Tedrick’s release from the hospital, he was taken into custody.

The defendant was returned to Bond County on Thursday. Friday morning, Bond County State’s Attorney Dora Mann filed four Class X felonies against Tedrick, two alleging attempted first degree murder and two alleging aggravated arson.

The attempted first degree murder charges allege the defendant attempted to confine his father, Scott R. Tedrick, in a burning residence and repeatedly struck his father about the head and body with a tree branch. His father received injuries.

The aggravated arson charges allege that Jeremy Tedrick set the house on fire, when he reasonably should have known or knew his father and a female were in the residence.

The defendant continues to also be charged with the alleged disorderly conduct offense.

In court Friday morning, Jeremy Tedrick was advised of the new charges against him. Judge Christopher Bauer appointed John Abel to serve as the defendant’s attorney.

During the court appearance, State’s Attorney Mann said Jeremy Tedrick had only been in Illinois for six to eight weeks, having come from Florida.

Judge Bauer followed the state’s attorney’s recommendation and set bond at $50,000 cash. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled in the case.

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