Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood is releasing preliminary autopsy results in two recent homicides in the city of Peoria.
Harwood said Theresa Simmons, 63, suffered blunt force trauma to her head, which caused fractures and severe brain bleeding. Simmons died on Aug. 17 after she was found in her home in the 700 block of W. Loucks Ave. on Aug. 12.
Her son, Jeremy Simmons, is charged with her death. He's being held on $2 million bond in the Peoria County Jail.
In a separate incident, 38-year-old Marshawn Tolliver died Monday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center after he was shot multiple times in the 2900 block of N. Peoria Ave. on Aug. 6.
Harwood said Tolliver was shot multiple times in his upper and lower body. He suffered massive internal injuries and hemmorhaging. There was no evidence of close-range fire or defensive wounds.
Breon Jones, 27, of Peoria was indicted on first-degree murder charges by a grand jury Tuesday in connection with Tolliver's death.
There are 17 reported homicides in Peoria so far this year.
Editor's note: There are 17 reported homicides this year, not 18.