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Man charged with stepdaughter's murder

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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 her, telling police she had tried to fight him.

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.

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