Murder victim Jessica Tetter was only 16. Her corpse was found in a Hammond, Indiana dumpster. Police now say she was strangled, and appears to have been both vaginally and anally raped.
[Previously, on this crime, at WEJB/NSU:
“Fiend Kidnapped 16-year-old Jessica Tetter in Calumet City, IL, Took Her to Hammond, IN, Murdered (and Did God Knows What Else to) Her, and Dumped Her in the Garbage; Suspect was Sometime Lover of Vic’s Mom.”]
By Nicholas Stix
Stepfather John Hurt’s new story is that he killed his 16-year-old stepdaughter, Jessica Tetter, when she “tried to fight” him. English translation: She resisted him raping her. And he raped her anally and vaginally. Or am I supposed to say that a man who confessed to murder “allegedly” committed rape and murder?
Jessica Tetter was a tiny wisp of a thing that might have weighed 100 pounds, dripping wet. Meanwhile, though I have no full-length picture of her killer, his mug shot shows a no-neck. “She tried to fight.”
Cops first started to suspect that Hurt was behind the girl’s disappearance, when he refused to join the search for her.
My educated guess is that Hurt raped and murdered Jessica in her own home, stuffed her body in his car’s trunk, and drove her corpse out to Hammond, Indiana, to throw her in a dumpster.
Of course, since the rapist-murderer is black, he’ll plead not guilty, and waste thousands of the predominantly white tax base’s dollars with a trial. And since Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law the repeal of the death penalty on March 9, 2011, Hurt will never see justice. If he is convicted, he’ll get sentenced to, say, “life without the possibility of parole,” and 10 or 20 years down the line, surprise, surprise, he’ll be paroled, so as to give him the opportunity to kill again. After all, he’s only 27, and in his prime crime years.
As sick as the reality I sketched above is, it gets even worse. Last year, Jessica had complained of her future rapist-killer sexually fondling her, and even went so far as to swear out a complaint with the police. Hurt already had a 2005 conviction for domestic violence. “Domestic violence” are often dubious, but in this case, the charges were probably legit.
So what did her mom, Dione Lafond , do to protect her child? Nothing. She didn’t throw him out of the house, and didn’t pursue charges. She called the police, after “noticing that her daughter's phone and money were left behind, and that Tetter's laptop computer was uncharacteristically left running,” but that was a day late and a dollar short.
Meanwhile, the first story police had was that Hurt was the mother’s “on-again, off-again” boyfriend. Was that a story that Lafond concocted, in order to get out of trouble, or something a neighbor said?
In any event, the mother should be charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Man charged with stepdaughter's murder
June 11, 2012 10:21 a.m. EDT; 10:40 a.m. EDT
FOX Chicago News/FOX Atlanta
A Calumet City man has been charged with the murder of his 16-year-old stepdaughter.
Jessica Tetter's body was found in a dumpster in Hammond on Thursday morning. Authorities said when she went missing, 27-year-old John Hurt refused to join the search.
Police said that Hurt confessed to strangling and killing [sic] her, telling police she had tried to fight him. [N.S.: The “sic” is for redundancy, because “strangling” is already a form of killing.]
Hurt has been charged with murder and concealment of a homicide. Charges were filed on Sunday, and Hurt has been ordered held on $1 million bail.
Hurt was already under investigation for allegedly touching her inappropriately. Tetter reported the allegations to police in November. He was also convicted of domestic battery in 2006.
Tetter's body showed signs of a rape – her body had what police believe was semen in her anus and vagina when her body was finally recovered, assistant Cook County State's Attorney Sylvie Manaster told Judge Israel Desierto during a brief court hearing Sunday.
Hurt wore a disposable paper county jail suit in court Sunday and spoke during the hearing only to confirm that he understands his rights.
The Illinois State Police crime lab will complete tests on the suspected semen, Manaster said.
Hurt was home alone Wednesday morning with Tetter at the apartment they shared with Tetter's mom Dione Lafond on the 600 block of Wentworth, Manaster said.
Hurt initially told his wife Tetter had left the home while he was asleep, but Lefond called police and reported her daughter missing after noticing that her daughter's phone and money were left behind, and that Tetter's laptop computer was uncharacteristically left running, the prosecutor added.
Hammond Police found the girl's body a day later in a dumpster behind a building on Hyslop Ave., authorities said.
Before he confessed to detectives, Hurt told a witness who was waiting for service at Calumet City Police headquarters that he'd killed his “daughter” after she tried to fight him, Manaster said.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.