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Press release from McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers

PRESS RELEASE – Teresa Ann Poehlman

On July 8, 2017, Christine Roush and Matthew Isbell were each charged with two counts of murder in relation to the death of Teresa Poehlman. A probably cause statement was provided to the court earlier today and that part of the court record is included below. At this time these are allegations only and the defendants are presumed innocent and have the right to a trial.

Probably Cause Statement

In the evening hours of July 2nd, 2017, McLean County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 4532 N. 725 East Rd. in Funks Grove for a body that had been discovered. The decedent was pronounced dead on the scene. Through a continuing investigation, the victim was identified as Teresa Ann Poehlman (DOB 11/19/1969). The primary cause of death is believed to be blood loss due to stabbing. Family of the victim indicated that the decedent recently came to the Bloomington area to meet with her biological daughter, Defendant Christine Roush, and was currently staying at a motel in Bloomington. Records from the motel confirmed that.

Defendant, Christine Roush was interviewed initially and denied any involvement. Of particular note is that Roush did not report the victim missing. Defendant-Roush did say that she and Defendant Matt Isbell were with the victim on Saturday July 1st. On July 7, 2017, Defendant, Matt Isbell, came to the McLean County Sheriff’s Department for a recorded interview. Isbell was read his Miranda rights during that interview and agreed to speak with a detective. During that recorded interview, Isbell reported that he was witness to the murder of Teresa Poehlman. Isbell stated that the murder occurred out at the Funk’s Grove area and, further, that it was planned and committed by Roush. Isbell explained that Roush told him ahead of time that she was going to kill Poehlman and that he knew that is why they were going to Funk’s Grove. Isbell detailed a number of facts from the incident that would not be known to anyone other than the killers and select law enforcement. Isbell explained that they traveled to and from the scene in his truck and he drove. Blood was found in the passenger seat area of Isbell’s truck consistent with his descriptions. Isbell stated that after the murder, he and Roush drove back to Bloomington and went to Roush’s motel room. Isbell described the clothes that each were wearing. Surveillance video has confirmed his description and timeline.

Roush was brought in again for questioning. At the time she was picked up she had a bag with her which contained a number of personal possessions and items of clothes. A search of that back produced the shirt that Isbell described Roush wearing during the murder. That shirt is distinctive and has what appears to be blood on it consistent with Isbell’s description.

Isbell also detailed a number of things that have been done since the murder in an attempt to cover-up the crime, including disposing of items used during the attack of Teresa Poehlman. One of those items has been recovered consistent with Isbell’s description. Isbell also said that aspects of the planning and cover-up were known to a third suspect that has not been arrested at this point. That possible third suspect has been confirmed on surveillance video with Roush at times relevant to the investigation – further confirming Isbell’s explanation of the crime.

Jason Chambers

State’s Attorney

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