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Cal City man charged with killing 16-year-old step-daughter

Updated: June 10, 2012 9:14PM

When 16-year-old Jessica Tetter went missing from her Calumet City home Wednesday, her step-dad John Hurt Jr. refused to join the search, authorities say.

According to charges filed Sunday, he knew exactly where she was.

Hurt, 27, showed up at a police station on Friday and confessed to strangling Tetter, then dumping her body in a dumpster in Hammond, Ind., it’s alleged.

Charged with murder and concealment of a homicide, he was Sunday ordered held on bail of $1 million.

Further charges could yet be filed.

Tetter — who’d made allegations of inappropriate touching against her step father as recently as November — 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.

The Illinois State Police crime lab has yet to complete tests on the suspected semen, Manaster said.

Hurt, who has a 2006 conviction for domestic battery, wore a disposable paper county jail suit in court Sunday and spoke during the hearing only to confirm that he understands his rights.

He’d been 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.

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