Henry Dinkins Charged with the Murder of Breasia Terrell

Henry Dinkins Charged with the Murder of Breasia Terrell

Bianca Schnerre, Writer

Henry Earl Dinkins, 48, a registered sex offender, and the only person of interest in the disappearance of Breasia Terrell on July 10, has now been charged with her kidnapping and murder. Scott County Attorney Mike Walton announced that Henry Dinkins was charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree murder during a Wednesday morning news conference at the Davenport Police Department. Dinkins has been in custody since July 10 on unrelated sex offender registry violation charges, and he is being held in the Clinton County Jail where he was moved to in August due to overcrowding in the Scott County Jail. On Thursday during Dinkins’ hearing a judge ruled that he will be held without bond. His next court appearance is on Monday and the judge said a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 14. If convicted, Dinkins faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

10-year-old Breasia Terrell was last seen either late July 9, or during the early morning of July 10 of 2020. Terrell was at Dinkins’ home spending the night with her brother during the time period she disappeared. Dinkins is the boy’s father. 

On March 22 Breasia Terrell’s remains were found near DeWitt, and her identity was confirmed on March 31.

Henry Dinkins on or about July 10 removed and confined Breasia Terrell from an apartment in the 2700 block of 53rd Street “with premeditation, malice aforethought, and intent to kill,” and fatally shot her, according to arrest affidavits released on Tuesday.