BLOOMINGTON — Bond will remain as previously set for two defendants in the murder of an East Peoria woman last week.

Christine Roush, 22, of Washington, and co-defendant, Matthew Isbell, 20, of Marquette Heights, appeared Monday afternoon in McLean County Circuit Court via a videolink from the McLean County jail.

On Friday, both were arrested and charged with the death of Roush’s biological mother, Teresa Ann Poehlman, 47, who was found stabbed to death July 2 along North 725 East Road in Funks Grove.

Roush remains jailed in lieu of $400,035 and Isbell is jailed in lieu of $300,035, according to court documents. Both were ordered to return to court at 10 a.m. July 28 for an arraignment on the murder charges.

McLean County Associate Judge David Butler appointed public defenders to represent both of them.

Previously, McLean County State’s Attorney Jason Chambers said that during a police interview, Isbell said that Roush planned and committed the murder at the Funks Grove Nature Preserve, located southwest of the Twin Cities.

Poehlman's body was found by two people walking on a trail in the preserve; they alerted police.

According to a statement released last week, Chambers said that Roush told Isbell ahead of time that she was going to kill her mother, and that he knew that is why they were going to Funks Grove.

Isbell detailed a number of facts from that would not have been known to anyone other than the killers and select law enforcement officers, Chambers said.

When arrested, Roush had a bag of personal items, including a shirt with blood on it that was consistent with Isbell’s description of what she was wearing at the time of the murder, Chambers said.

A third suspect is still being sought, Chambers said.

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