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Dustin Jefferson murder trial set; Mother appeals 1st degree verdict

July 11, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Dustin Jerome Jefferson, 39, Tama, entered a written innocent plea to 1st degree murder on July 5 in Tama County District Court in Toledo. A trial date has now been set for July 28.

Jefferson is accused in the death of his wife, Kerry Lea Jefferson, 32. She was discovered dead at a residence in Tama on Sept. 25, 2013, by Tama Police.

His mother, Ginger Lea Jefferson, 58, Toledo, was found guilty of 1st degree murder in the stabbing death of her daughter-in-law by a Tama County Jury on May 27.

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Dustin Jerome Jefferson

Just before the verdict came in on that day, Tama Police Chief Jeff Filloon charged Dustin Jefferson with 1st degree murder or aiding or abetting murder in the case.

Sentencing for Ginger Jefferson is set for Monday, July 14 at 2 p.m. in Tama County District Court. Conviction of 1st degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence in Iowa.

On July 8, Ginger Jefferson filed a motion for a new trial. She continues to be held in jail on $1 million cash bond.

Dustin Jefferson also faces trial on five charges of 3rd degree sexual abuse.

He was charged with allegedly having sexual relations with a 12-year-old female at various times between May and July, 2013. Those charges were filed by Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Detective Craig Karr.

That trial is set for Oct. 13.

Dustin Jefferson is also being held in the Tama County Jail on $1 million cash bail on the murder charge and $30,000 cash bail on the sexual abuse charges.



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