BLOOMINGTON — The two defendants charged in the July stabbing death of an East Peoria woman pleaded not guilty Friday at separate arraignments in McLean County Circuit Court.

Matthew Isabell, 20, of Marquette Heights and Christine Roush, 22, of Washington face murder charges in connection with the death of Teresa Ann Poehlman.

Roush is the daughter of the victim.

Poehlman's body was found July 2 by hikers on a trail in the Funks Grove Nature Preserve. 

On Friday, Isabell was in court with his attorney Alison Motta of Aurora. Roush, who is represented by defense lawyer Michael Herzog, followed her co-defendant for a brief court appearance where she also pleaded not guilty to the indictments charging her with killing her mother.

According to a previous probable-cause statement from the McLean County state's attorney's office, Roush told Isabell she planned to kill her mother and he was aware of why they were going to Funks Grove.

A blood-stained shirt consistent with what Isabell said Roush was wearing at the time of the murder was found in a bag of Roush's personal items when she was arrested, said prosecutors.

Authorities are still looking for a third suspect.

A Sept. 5 status hearing has been set for both defendants.

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Reporter for The Pantagraph.

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