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Dustin Jefferson murder trial date changed to Dec. 1

September 4, 2014
By John Speer - Editor (jspeer@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Trial on charges of first degree murder or aiding and abetting murder for Dustin Jerome Jefferson has been reset for Dec. 1 in Tama County District Court in Toledo.

Judge Stephen B. Jackson Jr. reset the trial when it was found the original trial date of April 20, 2015 conflicted with another matter. Further, a trial which had been scheduled for December will not take place, freeing that date, the court found.

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.

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Dustin Jerome Jefferson

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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. She was sentenced to life in prison on July 14.

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.

Faces Sex

Abuse Charges

Dustin Jefferson also faces charges of five counts of 3rd degree sexual abuse in a trial set in Tama County District Court on Oct. 13.

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.

A hearing on a change of venue, evidence and other motions in that case has been set for Sept. 18.

Dustin Jefferson remained in Tama County Jail last week on $1 million cash bail on the murder charge and $30,000 cash bail on the sexual abuse charges.

 
 

 

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