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Jury trial set in Severn Jefferson murder case

May 5, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Jonathan Curtis Youngbear, 20, rural Tama, was indicted on April 23 by a U.S. District Court Jury in Cedar Rapids on a charge of 1st degree murder in Indian Country. He had been charged in the stabbing death of Severn Daniel Jefferson, 17, also of rural Tama, on the Meskwaki Settlement on Feb. 24.

A jury trial has been set for Youngbear on June 23 in the Cedar Rapids federal court.

Youngbear was initially charged with murder in Tama County District Court on Feb. 25 by Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Detective Craig Karr.

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Jonathan Curtis Youngbear

Subsequently, FBI Special Agent Shauntay Lett filed the federal murder charge against Youngbear on April 8.

Serious felony cases which occur in what is termed Indian Country are subject to federal jurisdiction.

According to court records, Jefferson's death occurred at 1695 340th St. on the Meskwaki Indian Settlement where officers found him unresponsive in a doorway of a residence.

In a second case on the Settlement which occurred on Feb. 6, Gordon Lasley Jr., 25, was also indicted in Cedar Rapids federal court on charges of murder in connection with the deaths of his mother and father.



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