Tama County Man Makes Initial Appearance On First-Degree Murder Charge

By Brady Smith, Reporter

TAMA, Iowa — A Tama County man faces a charge of first-degree murder, or aiding and abetting in the first degree murder, in the death of Kerry O’Clair-Jefferson in September 2013.

Dustin J. Jefferson appeared before a magistrate on Wednesday morning for an initial appearance in the Tama County courthouse. The charge against Jefferson came only minutes after his mother, Ginger Jefferson, was found guilty on Tuesday of killing O’Claire-Jefferson, her daughter-in-law.

Magistrate Richard Vander Mey told KCRG-TV9 Dustin Jefferson was already in jail on separate charges of 3rd-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Courty documents show Jefferson had sexual intercourse with an unidentified 12 year-old girl at least five times, and gave her marijuana twice. A criminal complaint says those crimes happened on the Mesquaki Settlement from May to July 2013.

Magistrate VanderMey urged Jefferson to find a different attorney to represent him in the first-degree murder case. Jefferson is currently being represented by Kevin O’Hare in the sexual abuse case.

The judge set Jefferson’s bail at $1,000,000 cash, and scheduled a preliminary hearing for the morning of June 6. Jefferson said during his initial appearance that he may be represented by a court-appointed attorney, possibly one from Story County.

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