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Rockford man pleads not guilty to murder, domestic violence charges

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — A Rockford man accused of murdering a woman, who was reported missing then later found dead, pleaded not guilty to multiple charges.

Joseph Peppers pleaded not guilty to first degree murder, aggravated domestic battery, and concealment of a homicidal death in the death of Rachel Dishman.

Dishman, 43, was reported missing on Oct. 25, 2020. Her body was found two days later, and a the Winnebago County Coroner's Office determined she died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Peppers was later identified as a suspect, and charged with first degree murder, aggravated domestic battery, and concealment of a homicidal death.

He's in custody at the Winnebago County Jail.

Breane Lyga

Breane Lyga is the content manager at 13 WREX. She joined the team in 2015 as the 5, 6 and 10PM news producer after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She was 13 WREX’s assignment editor from 2017 to 2018.

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