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Deadlines set in Youngbear federal trial for murder 1st

July 1, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Deadlines for attorney preparation for the 1st degree murder trial of Jonathan (a / k / a Guy) Curtis Youngbear, 20, rural Tama, were set on Monday, June 20, in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids by Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.

Youngbear is accused in the stabbing death of Severn Daniel Jefferson, 17, on the Meskwaki Settlement west of Tama on Feb. 24.

From the list of deadlines, it appears trial would not start in the case until at least February, 2015.

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Jonathan Curtis Youngbear

Among filing requirements are a series of defense disclosures of expert reports by Nov. 12, change of venue motions by Dec 2, government expert reports by Dec. 15 and jury-related motions by Jan. 15, 2015.

The case was moved from Tama County District Court to federal court as jurisdiction in what it terms Indian Country can fall to federal enforcement.

Youngbear was first charged on Feb. 15 by Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Detective Craig G. Karr. That complaint alleges Youngbear and the victim had been drinking and smoking meth over a period of about one and one-half days before the incident.

Youngbear has been in custody since being charged.



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