Peoria murder, arson suspect admits ‘wrestling’ with victim, prosecutors say during bond hearing
PEORIA (HEART OF ILLINIOIS ABC) - A Peoria man accused of strangling his girlfriend and torching her home to cover up the killing told police he put his arm across her neck during an argument, a prosecutor said in court on Friday.
Tahir Goodman, 28, was in Peoria County Court for a hearing in which a judge set bond at $2 million. That means Goodman must come up with $200,000 cash to be released from jail while awaiting trial on charges of first degree murder and aggravated arson for the death of J’Naysia Marie Hobbs, 24.
Firefighters said they found her body early Wednesday morning after putting out a fire at the home on East Virginia Avenue.
Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Ramos said Goodman admitted to police that something must have happened to her neck while they were wrestling.
An autopsy revealed Hobbs died from “manual strangulation” and there was “no soot” in her airways or lungs.
A small explosion could be heard from a neighbor’s security video.
The prosecutor also said a check of Goodman’s cell phone records placed him at the house before the fire started...then at a nearby gas station where he picked up a Uber.
In establishing bond, Judge Albert Purham described Goodman as a danger to the community and a flight risk.
Goodman faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted of murder, and a maximum 30 years if he’s found guilty of aggravated arson.
Goodman’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 29 at 9:30 a.m.
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