WATSEKA — Bond was set at $1 million for Arthur C. Jensen, of Sheldon, who is accused of killing 17-year-old Adara J. Bunn in his Sheldon home Monday.
Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum released Adara's name on Wednesday. Adara was a student at Milford High School. She lived in Sheldon with her family.
Visitation for Adara will be on Monday (Aug. 12) from 10-11 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland, Ind., with a memorial service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
On Tuesday, Jensen made his first court appearance.
Judge James B. Kinzer set Jensen’s next court date for Thursday. The 49-year-old Jensen was represented by Public Defender Samantha Dodds during Tuesday’s bond hearing.
If convicted, Jensen faces up to 60 years in prison.
Reading from a investigator’s report, Assistant State’s Attorney Alex O’Brien said Jensen was outside his house at 315 W. Main St., when officers arrived.
Jensen said: “There’s a girl inside and I strangled her.”
A preliminary cause of death has been ruled strangulation, O’Brien said. A final cause and manner of death is pending toxicology results.
Milford Area Public Schools No. 124 posted on Facebook on Tuesday:
“The Milford Area Public School community is grieving after hearing of the death of one of our high school students yesterday. We are suffering as a staff, student body and community for this loss. We would like to offer comfort and support to any interested students by providing counseling services during the upcoming days.
“We will have counselors available at the high school this week from 8 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday or by appointment at other times. Please keep the family of our student in your thoughts and prayers during this terrible time.”
Sheriff Derek Hagen said the victim visited a garage sale at the home twice during the weekend. She went back Monday. Officials are not saying if she went back in regard to items she might have been interested purchasing.
Deputies were dispatched to Jensen’s home at 4:13 p.m. for a report of a disturbance. O’Brien said a person called 911 after hearing screaming from inside the house.
It is the first murder in Iroquois County since Milford Family Restaurant owner Jesus “Jesse” Cintora was shot and killed by Randy E. White during a botched burglary attempt in November 2016.
White pleaded guilty to second degree murder and armed violence. He is serving a 20-year prison sentence.
The last murder in Sheldon occurred on June 6, 2009.
Brian L. Garrett stabbed to death Ralph Elsey, 62, and Robert Wood, 48. Elsey and Wood were found dead June 6 in their home.
The 37-year-old Garrett is serving 50 years in prison.
In May 1999, Jerry Ellis shot and killed Terry Connor, 48, in a bar in Sheldon. Ellis was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years. He was paroled in May 2019.