Pontiac man charged in Palamar Motel murders

By WEEK Producer

September 24, 2013 Updated Sep 24, 2013 at 6:57 PM CDT

PONTIAC, Ill. – A Pontiac man faces four counts of First Degree Murder in the deaths of his mother and brother.

Cody Hetherington, 27, appeared Tuesday in Livingston County court where he was informed of the charges and appointed a public defender.

Livingston County State’s Attorney Seth Uphoff said the charges stem from Hetherington’s actions on August 20 and the discovery of his mother, Jean Corrice, 57, and his brother, Tyler Friant, 22, dead in a room at the Palamar Motel in Pontiac.

Corrice and Friant were both shot to death. In previous reports, police would not confirm that a third person found shot inside the motel room was Hetherington and that Hetherington had attempted to commit suicide.

The motive for the slayings is not being released. According to Livingston County State’s Attorney Seth Uphoff the judge refused to allow prosecutors to recite probable cause.

Hetherington was released from a Springfield hospital into the custody of the Pontiac Police Department prior to his court appearance. His bond is set at $3,000,000.

If convicted of both murders, Hetherington faces a mandatory live sentence.

His next court appearance is scheduled for September 30.