Ginger Lea Jefferson, 57, Toledo, was arraigned in Tama County Magistrate Court in Toledo before Magistrate Richard Vander Mey on Friday on a charge of 1st degree murder. Vander Mey set cash bond at $1 million and Jefferson was returned to the Tama County Jail where she had been held since Wednesday as a material witness in the death of Kerry Lea O'Clair-Jefferson, 32, Tama. Public Defender Mike Jones was appointed to represent Ginger Jefferson.
Tama Police Chief Jeff Filloon filed the charge Friday morning.
A preliminary hearing was set by Vander Mey for Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. in Magistrate Court.
Ginger Jefferson is seated at the defense table with Public Defender Mike Jones in Tama County Magistrate Court in Toledo on Friday afternoon, Sept. 27. Magistrate Richard Vander Mey set bond for Jefferson at $1 million cash on a charge of 1st degree murder.
Chronicle/News-Herald - John Speer
Tama Police discovered Kerry Jefferson's body in a home at 104 Harmon St. in Tama when they went there to check on her welfare about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Kerry Jefferson was married to Dustin Jefferson, identified as Ginger's son.