Bond set for man accused of murdering J’Naysia Marie Hobbs

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A probable cause and bond hearing was held Friday for a man accused of killing a Peoria woman.

Tahir Goodman, 28, is facing two counts of first-degree murder, and one count of aggravated arson.

During Friday’s hearing, Peoria County Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Ramos said cell phone records and neighbor video security camera footage led to Goodman’s arrest.

Ramos stated during an interview with police, Goodman alleged that he and Hobbs were wrestling when he put his forearm across her neck.

Goodman then told authorities that Hobbs started “breathing funny”, and claimed that he left the home at about 4:45 A.M. to get an Uber.

According to Ramos, cell phone data showed that Goodman was at the E. Virginia address until 5:03 A.M. and went to a gas station to be picked up by an Uber. Ramos said this happened just minutes before an explosion was heard and lights consistent with flames were seen on a neighbor’s security camera.

A friend of Hobbs also told police that Goodman had threatened to kill Hobbs in the past and said the couple had “a physical relationship”.

As previously reported, on Wednesday, Dec. 1, Peoria Police and Fire responded to a house fire at 1021 E. Virginia Ave. at approximately 5:09 a.m. While searching the house, fire crews located 24-year-old J’Naysia Marie Hobbs, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood later identified that she died from “strangulation by another, and was deceased before the fire.”

Police arrested Goodman for first-degree murder and aggravated arson Thursday. Goodman has been previously arrested twice for domestic battery since 2017.

The first-degree murder charges carry a penalty of 20-60 years in prison. Aggravated arson is 6-30 years.

Judge Albert Purham Jr. set Goodman’s bond at $2 million. Goodman’s preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 29.

This story will be updated.

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