More Charges Lead to Questions in the Chyenne Kircher Murder Case

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

EAST DUBUQUE, Illinois- A grand jury returned more indictments against the East Dubuque man accused of murdering his teenaged stepdaughter.

Law enforcement officers originally thought Chyenne Kircher, 14, ran away from home in October, 2011, but nearly two years after her disappearance, police arrested Chyenne's stepfather Terry Abbas, 41. Investigators then dug up the family's backyard, where they found human remains which police believe are Chyenne's.

Abbas has now been additionally charged with two counts of criminal sex abuse and a third first degree murder charge in Chyenne's strangulation. That's on top of the two first degree murder charges he already faced in her death.

Right now these new charges are raising a lot of questions about what went on before Chyenne disappeared. Abbas appeared in court on Monday to learn of the additional charges. He told the judge, he plans to represent himself.

Investigators still won't say what they believe happened inside the East Dubuque home that lead to Chyenne's death. Court documents reveal Abbas faces two counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

He's accused of having sex with the 14-year-old and molesting her.

Along with news of these new charges, authorities said there were concerns about threats being made toward the school where Chyenne was once a student. spoke with East Dubuque Schools Superintendent Greg Herbst who said there wasn't a threat. The schools had a lockdown drill just to review their procedures today, Herbst said.
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