Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 9, 2013

$5 million bond set for man charged with murder

Bond was set at $5 million Wednesday for a man accused of stabbing his roommate to death earlier this week.

Judge Sherri Tungate found probable cause at Wednesday's hearing in Effingham County Circuit Court to detain Charles Douglas Yoder, 51. Yoder was formally charged Wednesday with three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Tuesday morning death of Ted L. Debany, 52, outside the home at 109 N. Lincoln St. in Effingham the men shared with Yoder's sister.

Yoder is accused of stabbing Debany with the intent to kill him; knowing the act would cause Debany's death; and knowing the act created a strong probability of death or bodily harm to the victim.

While online court records had showed a Beecher City address for Yoder, Effingham County State's Attorney Bryan Kibler said Yoder had been staying with Debany and Elizabeth Walters, Yoder's sister.

Debany died from a single stab wound to the torso, Kibler said Wednesday. The prosecutor added that the wound extended well into Debany's torso under the heart.

Kibler said in his probable cause statement that police were dispatched to the Lincoln Street home at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday. He added Brock Young, an acquaintance of Yoder, told police later that morning he and Yoder had been bar-hopping late Monday and early Tuesday before returning to the Lincoln Street home with a third man, Clifford Arnett.

Kibler said Young told police Debany got angry with Arnett and hit him in the face and head, then followed him out the door as he was trying to flee.

Young then told police that Yoder followed Debany outside. Moments later, Kibler said, Walters began yelling that her brother had just stabbed Debany.

Young told police he fled the home shortly after the stabbing and passed Debany on his way off the property.

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