BLOOMINGTON — A woman involved in a Dec. 2 fight that led to the death of her boyfriend now has been charged with murder in connection with the incident.
Bond has been set at $2 million for Brittney Mikesell, 22, of the 400 block of East Monroe Street, Bloomington, who appeared in McLean County court Thursday afternoon. A grand jury indicted her on charges of murder, four counts of mob action, and four counts of aggravated battery. One of the aggravated battery charges includes the wearing of a hood or mask during the execution of the alleged crime.
In December, authorities said Cullen Hedrick, 21, of Bloomington, died as the result of a fight between the couple and another man, who stabbed Hedrick in self defense. The third man has not been identified.
“It is felony murder and the argument is that she was taking part in a felony crime that led to someone’s death,” said McLean County State’s Attorney Jason Chambers.
A probable-cause statement read in court last month stated Mikesell and Hedrick went to a mobile home in Cardinal Ridge mobile home park (formerly Southgate Estates) with the intention of confronting someone. Witnesses told police Hedrick was armed with a machete when he got out of his car and his face was covered with a mask or bandanna.
The other man, who arrived later, said Mikesell and Hedrick started an argument with him. He said Hedrick struck his vehicle with the machete and Mikesell sprayed him with pepper spray, the statement said.
The man, armed with a knife, then got out of his vehicle. "He stated while he was on the ground, he heard the swish of the machete as Hedrick swung the machete around him multiple times. After one of those swings, and acting in self-defense, the other individual was able to come up off the ground and stabbed Hedrick in the chest," Assistant State's Attorney Brad Rigdon said last month.
Mikesell drove Hedrick to a local emergency room and prosecutors say they threw out the machete while en route.
Mikesell was originally charged with aggravated battery for spitting at an emergency medical technician. She has remained jailed in lieu of posting $10,035 bond. She now must post $200,035 to be released. A public defender has been appointed for Mikesell; a bond-reduction request was denied.
She is due in court Monday and is expected to be arraigned on the new charges Feb. 2.