BLOOMINGTON — A man who allegedly stabbed a machete-wielding man in self-defense during an altercation Saturday at a Bloomington mobile home park has not been charged in connection with the death.
McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers said Monday the incident involving the death of Cullen Hedrick, 21, of Bloomington remains under investigation, but so far the only criminal charges filed involve a woman who allegedly spat on a rescue worker following the incident.
Brittney Mikesell, 22, of the 400 block of East Monroe Street, Bloomington, screamed loudly during a bond hearing Monday, conducted via a video link with the jail, after she apparently learned that Hedrick, who was her boyfriend, had died of the stab wounds.
Authorities have not identified the man who stabbed Hedrick.
"This is an ongoing investigation and at this point this is where we're at," Chambers said of the charges against Mikesell, who was jailed in lieu of posting $10,035.
A probable-cause statement read in court by Assistant State's Attorney Brad Rigdon 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 exited a vehicle armed with a machete and his face covered with a mask or bandanna.
The unnamed third party, who arrived at the mobile home park after they did, said Mikesell and Hedrick started an argument with him and Hedrick struck his vehicle with the machete while he was still inside, according to the statement.
After Mikesell allegedly sprayed the third party with pepper spray, he left his vehicle with a knife he carried with him.
"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," Rigdon said.
Rigdon alleged Mikesell threw the machete from the vehicle as she drove to the hospital where Hedrick died a short time later, but Mikesell contradicted that during the bond hearing.
"It was him who threw it out," Mikesell told Associate Judge William Yoder.
In her first interview with police, Mikesell became agitated and tied her shirt around her neck, according to the statement. During her struggle with officers and rescue workers, she spat on an emergency medical technician, according to Rigdon.
A Dec. 15 arraignment is set for Mikesell.