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  • Chad Bennett was accompanied by his mother Robin Carson to his court hearing in 2013 to the Perry County Courthouse. He was charged with taking part in planning the murder of Sidnee Stephens in 2013, but the charges were dropped. Charges were brought against him once again this morning at the Perry County Courthouse.
    Bennett Arrested in Murder of Sidnee Stephens

    Brett Templeton
    Friday, September 30, 2016

    Following a court date this morning, Chad R. Bennett II was charged with four counts of the First Degree Murder (Accountability) of Sidnee Stephens, as well as one count of Concealment of Homicidal Death.

    Bail is fixed at $1,000,000. Following his court appearance, Bennett fell down the courthouse stairs and was taken out of the building on a stretcher and transported to the hospital by ambulance.

    Bennett’s previous charges were dismissed with leave to reinstate (nolle pros) on Aug. 22, 2013. Bennett was taken into custody earlier today. The case is set for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. It is expected that a motion to reduce bail will be filed If that motion is filed, it will also be heard on Oct. 14.

    The counts are marked as “Accountability,” meaning, “a person is responsible for conduct which is an element of an offense if the conduct is either that of the person himself, or that of another and he is legally accountable for such conduct…”

    Count one says the defendant on or about July 18 or July 19 2010, after committing residential burglary, participated in aggravated kidnapping, shot Sidnee Stephens with a firearm or strangled Stephens thereby causing her death.

    Count two says that without lawful justification and with the intent to kill Sidnee Stephens, he shot Sidnee Stephens with a firearm or strangled Stephens thereby causing her death.

    Count three says the defendant shot Sidnee Stephens with a firearm or strangled Stephens, knowing said act would cause the death of Stephens, thereby causing her death.

    Count four says the defendant on or about July 18 or 19 2010 shot Sidnee Stephens with a firearm or strangled Stephens, knowing such an act created a strong probability of death to Stephens, thereby causing her death.

    Count five was marked as Concealment of Homicidal Death (Accountability). That count says that Bennett, on or about July 21 or 22, with knowledge that Stephens had died by homicidal means, concealed the death of Sidnee Stephens by attaching a concrete block to the body of Stephens with a strap and positioning the body of Stephens under the Beaucoup Creek Bridge on Cudge Town Road in Pinckneyville.

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