BLOOMINGTON — A June 10 jury trial is set for a Bloomington woman charged with murder in connection with the death of her boyfriend who was fatally stabbed by a man who claimed he was defending himself from a violent attack with a machete.
Brittney Mikesell, 24, faces murder charges related to Cullen Hedrick's December 2017 death at a Bloomington mobile home park. The 21-year-old man died of stab wounds inflicted by Rodney Daugherty, who told police Mikesell and Hedrick started an argument at the Cardinal Ridge mobile home park (formerly Southgate Estates).
Police did not charge Daugherty, who said he used a knife to defend himself from a machete-wielding Hedrick, who was wearing a mask when he got out of his vehicle, according to police.
Mikesell is charged under the state's felony murder law that allows for a person to be charged with murder if someone dies while they’re committing a forcible felony.
According to police, Mikesell sprayed Daugherty with pepper spray after he exited his vehicle at a residence in the mobile home park.
Mikesell also faces aggravated battery charges accusing her of spitting on an emergency medical technician after she drove Hedrick to the hospital.
Assistant State's Attorney Ashley Scarborough said it's the state's intention to proceed first with the murder case, but a final determination will be made before a June 5 final pre-trial hearing.