The Ottumwa Courier

September 26, 2013

Warrants: Police tracked accused killer before arrest in East Dubuque


Ottumwa Courier

---- — (AP) — Police used a GPS unit to track the movements of an accused killer before his arrest last week in East Dubuque, according to court documents.

Terry Abbas, 40, was arrested Sept. 19 and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Police say he strangled his stepdaughter Chyenne Kircher, in October 2011.

According to court records, Casey Folks, a detective with the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, prepared an affidavit for a search warrant Sept. 4. Folks obtained permission to place a GPS device on a vehicle used by Abbas, and to search Abbas’ body.

The warrants were executed and returned by Folks, according to the documents. Online records show a search warrant return with inventory was filed with the court Wednesday.

The documents were sealed by court order today. A motion to seal filed by State’s Attorney John Hay states the returns contain evidence that relates to the first-degree murder charges. The motion notes that media outlets “will attempt to obtain the information contained in the affidavits and inventory forms.”

“Furthermore, there is substantial probability that disclosure may compromise or prevent the defendant from receiving a fair trial by disclosure of material evidence in the investigation,” Hays wrote.