The two men who face charges in connection with the death of a 13-year-old Waterloo girl have both filed “not guilty” pleas. Donnisha Hill’s body was found in rural Jo Daviess County, Illinois in October — just across the border from Dubuque.
Members of Hill’s family were in court Wednesday to hear the two men enter their “not guilty” pleas. Addonnis Hill, the girl’s father, says it’s been hard. “We talked everyday, you know — morning, afternoon, clock work,” says Addonnis Hill. “It’s just a big a loss, a big loss.” Donnisha?s father says he knows nothing about Bruce Burt or David Damm — the men accused in his daughter’s death — and he says the process of getting justice for his daughter is slow.
“A waiting process, man,” Addonnis Hill says. “It’s just a waiting process.” Court documents filed late last week allege that David Damm hired Bruce Burt to kill the girl for money. David Damm’s mother was also in court Wednesday to support her son.
Jean Damm of Waterloo says she can’t imagine her son committing this crime. “I can not fathom it at all, not at all. I have three sons, for goodness sakes, and this is ridiculous,” Jean Damm says. “Let’s just say this is a terrible nightmare.” Jean Damm says her son is a Christian and she says he asked her to bring him a Bible in jail. “Whether he is guilty or he’s not guilty, I still love him,” Jean Damm added.