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Suspect Charged in the Death of Breasia Terrell

Nine months after she disappeared, charges have been filed for the murder of a Davenport girl. 48-year-old Henry Dinkins is charged with first degree murder and first degree kidnapping for the death of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell. 

At a news conference this morning, Scott County Attorney Mike Walton said she was fatally shot, but declined to give any details that could influence the trial. 

“While announcing charges is a significant step in this case, it’s important to understand that bringing forth charges is not the end of the legal process, but just the beginning. The case will now proceed to court.”

Terrell went missing from Davenport in July of last year. Her remains were found near DeWitt last month. 

Dinkins is a registered sex offender and the father of Terrell's half-brother. He's been in custody for unrelated charges since she went missing.


Marianna Bacallao is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2020-2021 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism and served as Editor-in-Chief for the student newspaper, The Cluster.
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