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Update: Dustin Jefferson charged with murder - aiding abetting in wife's death

Ginger Jefferson found guilty of 1st degree murder

May 27, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Update: 4:25 p.m.- Ginger Lea Jefferson, 57, Toledo. was convicted of stabbing her daughter-in-law, Kerry Lea Jefferson, 32, twice in the neck at a residence in Tama on Sept. 25, 2013,on Tuesday afternoon. Just before a Tama County District Court Jury returned that verdict, Dustin Jerome Jefferson, 38, was charged with 1st degree murder or aiding and abetting the murder. This charge was filed shortly before the verdict was returned on Tuesday by Tama Police Chief Jeff Filloon. Dustin Jefferson is the son of Ginger Jefferson and husband of Kerry O'Clair-Jefferson.

The complaint states, in part, "Dustin Jefferson, "did unlawfully and wilfully having mailce and aforethought, willingly and deliberately with premeditation killed Kerry O'Clair Jefferson or did act to aid and abet in the crime of murder in the 1st degree."

Update: 3:25 p.m.- May 27, 2103-- Ginger Lea Jefferson, 57, Toledo, was found guilty of 1st degree murder in Tama County District Court in Toledo. The jury deliberated about two hours before returning the verdict. Jefferson was ordered held for sentencing by Judge Stephen Jackson Jr. Conviction of 1st degree murder is not a bondable offense.

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Dustin Jerome Jefferson appears in Tama County Magistrate Court in Toledo on Wednesday, May 28. Bond on a charge of 1sdt degree murder or aiding or abetting a murder was set at $1 million by Magistrate Richard Vander Mey.
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Jefferson was found guilty of stabbing her daughter-in-law, Kerry Lea O'Clair-Jefferson, 32, to death at a residence in Tama. It occurred on Sept. 25, 2013.

Watch for additional updates and coverage of the verdict in The Tama-News-Herald.

Update- 12:45 p.m.- Tuesday, May 27- The 1st degree murder trial of Ginger Lea Jefferson, has gone to the jury in Tama County District Court in Toledo. The jury was on a lunch break at 12:30 p.m. and expected to resume deliberations this afternoon.

Jefferson faces the charge in the death of her daughter-in-law Kerry Lea O'Clair-Jefferson, 32.

Earlier: At Toledo Chronicle early deadline for Memorial Day, the 1st degree murder trial of Ginger Lea Jefferson was set to resume on Tuesday morning, May 27.

Jefferson's co-defense attorney Mike Jones told The Chronicle more evidence would be presented then on behalf of his client.

More than 50 subpoenas for witnesses had been served according to online court records in the case.

Jurors were dismissed on Thursday afternoon about 4 p.m. and instructed to return at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Jones said the next step would depend upon possible presentation of prosecution rebuttal evidence.

Closing arguments are then expected to follow with the case possibly to the 12-member jury yet on Tuesday.

Jurors were seated Monday and Tuesday of last week and began hearing opening arguments and prosecution witnesses on Tuesday.

Jefferson, 57, of Toledo, is accused stabbing her daughter-in-law, Kerry Lea Jefferson, 32, causing her death on Sept. 25, 2013, at a Tama residence.

The prosecution contends Jefferson confessed to the crime.

Defense attorneys Aaron Siebrecht and Jones maintain the 10-minute window in which the crime happened is subject to doubt on the circumstances.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Iowa Attorney General Laura Roan and Tama County Attorney Brent Heeren.

Jefferson has been held in the Tama county Jail in Toledo on $1 million bond since her September arrest.



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