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Ginger Jefferson faces murder charge in Tama death


September 27, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Update: Ginger Lea Jefferson, 57, Toledo, has been charged with 1st degree murder in the death of Kerry Lea O'Clair Jefferson. The charge was field by Tama Police Chief Jeff Filloon Friday morning. Jefferson had been held in jail as a material witness after Kerry Jefferson's body was discovered by Tama Police at a residence at 104 Harmon on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 25.

Ginger Jefferson is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. today - Friday, Sept. 27, at he Tama County Courthouse in Toledo.

The arrest was announced at press conference at the Tama Civic Center by Bill Kietzman, special agent in charge of the eastern Iowa district for the Iowa Division of Criminal Bureau of Investigation. She was identified as Kerry Jefferson's mother-in-law.

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Tama Police Chief Jeff Filloon speaks during a press conference Friday morning at the Tama Civic Center. The arrest of Ginger Le Jefferson on a charge of 1st degree murder was announced by DCI Special Agent Bill Kietzman (right.) DCI agent Jagat Sandhu is at left.
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Previous: A press conference has been scheduled for 11 a.m. today in connection with the case including what is described as a video statement release.

Tama Police say the death of 32-year-old Carrie O'Clair Jefferson of Tama has bee ruled a homicide. Tama County Medical Examiner Dr. Dennis Mallory said an autopsy report for the the State medical Examiner's Office showed death was caused by stab wounds to the neck area. Investigation is continuing.

The victim's body was discovered by police in a house at 104 Harmon in Tama at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

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Earlier: Tama Police said in a news release Kerry O'Clair Jefferson, 32, was found dead in a home at 104 Harmon St. in Tama by an officer between 2:30 and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Ginger Jefferson, 57, Toledo, has been taken into custody as a material witness by Tama Police. Police said Dr. Dennis Mallory, Tama County Medical Examiner, has ruled the death a homicide.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was reported still on the scene at 7 a.m. Thursday.

Tama Police Chief Jeff Filloon has credited Tama citizens for their assistance in providing information about the incident to law enforcement.

The Tama County Sheriff's Office, Toledo Police, Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police, DCI and the Tama County Attorney's Office are assisting in the investigation.

Investigation by Tama Police is continuing.

Earlier: The body of a female in her 30s was discovered by Tama Police in a home in the 100 block of Harmon Street about 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 25, according to Dr. Dennis Mallory, Tama County Medical Examiner.

Mallory told the News-Herald Wednesday night an autopsy scheduled for Thursday in Ankeny would determine the cause of death.



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