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May 21, 2019

8/30/2018 1:15:00 PM
Woman pleads not guility in mother's death
A rural Oblong woman accused of playing a role in her mother's death has pleaded not guilty.

Kristine K. Phillippe, 40, was in Crawford County Court today for an arraignment hearing on a charge of first-degree murder (accountability) in the July 24 shooting death of Sandra Kendall, 62, Bellair.

Circuit Court Judge Chris Weber accepted the plea of not guilty and set pre-trial hearing for Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m.

State's Attorney Matthew Hartrich previously filed four additional charges against Phillippe.

Besides the Class M felony accountability charge, she also faces a charge of first-degree murder. According to court documents, Phillippe "committed the forcible felony of home invasion and during the commission of the home invasion, co-defendant Jason Strawbridge shot and killed Sandra Kendall without legal authority..."

She is also charged with a Class X felony count of home invasion.

Court documents claim Phillippe entered Kendall's home without authority, "used force or the threatened the imminent use of force" against Kendall and discharged a firearm while in the home. That ties into the third new charge, a Class 4 felony count of reckless discharge of a firearm.

The fourth charge is a Class A misdemeanor. It accuses Phillippe of violating an order of protection.

On the day of the shooting, Kendall was in court seeking an emergency order of protection against her daughter. The order was granted and Phillippe was ordered to stay away from Kendall and her property. She was given three days to move a camper in which she and Strawbridge lived off Kendall's land.

On May 29, Phillippe was charged with criminal trespass to Kendall's property. She failed to make a court appearance on the charge a month later and was arrested on a county warrant, and has been held in Jasper County Jail. Strawbridge bonded her out of jail.

Probable cause was also found in the case against Jason J. Strawbridge, 45, rural Oblong. Strawbridge is charged with first-degree murder, a Class M felony, in Kendall's death. His arraignment is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31.

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