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Mikesell trial set to begin Monday; boyfriend died when stabbed in self-defense by second man

Mikesell trial set to begin Monday; boyfriend died when stabbed in self-defense by second man

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Murder suspect Brittney Mikesell makes an appearance at a hearing in April at the McLean County Law and Justice Center, Bloomington. 

BLOOMINGTON — Jury selection will begin Monday morning for a Bloomington woman charged with murder in a December 2017 stabbing death involving her boyfriend.

Brittney Mikesell, 24, is accused of felony murder under a state law that allows a person other than the individual responsible for a death to be charged if the killing occurred during the commission of a forcible felony.

Court documents indicate Mikesell went with her boyfriend, Cullen Hedrick, to Cardinal Ridge mobile home park in Bloomintgon to settle a dispute with another person when Rodney Daugherty parked behind her vehicle. Prosecutors say Hedrick began swinging a machete at Daugherty as Mikesell sprayed Daugherty with pepper spray.

Daugherty, who was not charged, told police he stabbed Hedrick in self-defense with a knife he took from his vehicle.

On Wednesday, Assistant State’s Attorney Ashley Scarborough and defense attorney Jennifer Patton told Judge Casey Costigan that each side was ready to begin Monday.

“I anticipate it taking most of the week, at least four days,” Scarborough said.

Costigan said he would also clear the following week from his calendar, in case it went longer than expected.

“If we could start opening arguments by Monday afternoon, that would be best,” he said. “If not, we will begin on Tuesday.”

Mikesell remains in the McLean County jail in lieu of posting $200,035.

Scarborough said an earlier plea agreement which included a prison sentence of 20 years was rejected by the defense. If convicted of murder, Mikesell could serve a sentence between 20 and 60 years.

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow

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