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Latest Tama County Trials News
2 killed, 1 injured in central Iowa crash
Arkansas
TOLEDO — The Iowa State Patrol says two people are dead and another person was injured in a crash that occurred on Highway 30 in a central Iowa county. Troopers say 62-year-old Dwight Conway of Hot Springs, Arkansas, failed to stop at a stop sign on Wednesday afternoon when his vehicle was struck by a semitrailer on the highway in Tama County. Both vehicles rolled on their sides and into a ditch ...
February 18 2015
UPDATE: Names released in deadly eastern Iowa crash
Arkansas
Officials with the Tama County Sheriff's Office confirmed that two men were killed when their pickup truck collided with a semi on Highway 30 in Tama County on Wednesday.
February 18 2015
Iowa man pleads not guilty in connection with death
Iowa
MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — A Marshalltown man has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the death of a Tama man. Court records show 18-year-old James Head entered his plea Monday to charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a felony in connection with the death of Adam Garrett. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports Head is being held at the Marshall County Jail. Garret was ...
January 27 2015
OBITUARY: Karol Anne Horne
Iowa
CHELSEA – Karol Anne Horne, 57, Chelsea, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at her home in Chelsea surrounded by her family, under the care of Iowa River Hospice. A Funeral liturgy will be held Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama with Father Michael Mescher officiating. Interment […]
January 20 2015
Man Charged with First-Degree Murder in Marshalltown Death Investigation
Iowa
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – A Marshalltown man is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of a Tama man. James Head, 18, of Marshalltown, was arrested Thursday morning. At about 8 p.m. Saturday, police found the body of Adam Garrett, 32, of Tama, in a mobile home located in the 3200 block of South […]
January 04 2015
Defense for Tama County man questions jury pool selection process

TOLEDO — A murder trial in Tama County was continued this week to allow the defense time to investigate the process of how jurors are summoned for jury duty and if the process somehow hindered Native Americans from being in the jury pool. Tom Gaul, attorney with the Iowa Public Defender’s Special Defense Unit, argued Tuesday that his client Dustin Jefferson , charged with first-degree murder, is ...
December 07 2014
Trial proceedings postponed in Tama slaying case
Mississippi
TOLEDO — A judge has postponed trial proceedings in Iowa for a man charged with first-degree murder in his wife’s death.
December 03 2014
Tama County murder trial continued over concerns about racial makeup of jury panel
Iowa
CEDAR RAPIDS — Jury selection was halted before it resumed Tuesday in the murder trial of a Tama County man accused in his wife’s fatal stabbing last year because the defense asked for a continuance based on the “composition” of the jury panel. Sixth Judicial District Judge Stephen Jackson granted the motion to allow more time to investigate the matter before proceeding with the trial of Dustin ...
December 02 2014
Trial proceedings begin in Tama slaying case
Iowa
Trial proceedings have begun in Iowa for a man charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 2013 death of his wife.
December 02 2014
Attorneys want to limit info in Tama slaying trial
Iowa
Attorneys on both sides of Dustin Jefferson's murder case want to limit what information jurors will hear when his trial begins next month.
November 15 2014
Man accused of murdering wife goes to trial in December
Iowa
A man accused of murdering his wife will go on trial in December.Dustin Jefferson was originally supposed to go on trial in Tama County on April 20 for the murder of his wife Kerry O'Clair-Jefferson.Dustin's mother, Ginger, was convicted in May for stabbing her daughter-in-law to death.
September 27 2014
Tama County trial set for man in wife's slaying
Iowa
A December trial has been scheduled for an Iowa man charged with the murder of his wife in Tama.
September 19 2014
Mental health recovery workshop Sept. 18 at Hawkeye
Tama, iowa
WATERLOO | The Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery is offering a Project CREATE Recovery Awareness Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Hawkeye Community College, Tama Hall, room 128, 1501 E. Orange Road.
September 12 2014
Dustin Jefferson charged with murder day after jurors convict his mother in Tama County
Iowa
TOLEDO | Authorities on Wednesday officially charged Dustin Jefferson with first-degree murder for killing or helping to kill his wife.
May 28 2014
Tama woman convicted of killing daughter-in-law
Iowa
TOLEDO - Ginger L. Jefferson showed little emotion Tuesday when a Tama County jury returned a first-degree murder verdict for the death of her daughter-in-law. Jefferson, 57, Toledo, was found guilty of stabbing her daughter-in-law, Kerry L.
May 28 2014
Jury convicts Ginger Jefferson of killing her daughter-in-law
Iowa
A Tama County jury only took two hours to find Ginger Jefferson guilty of killing her daughter-in-law last year. Jefferson, 57, was found guilty of first-degree murder following a five-day trial. She faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. Her sentencing is set for July 14. According to testimony during the trial, Jefferson stabbed Kerry O’Clair-Jefferson, 32, twice in the neck ...
May 27 2014
Jurors convict Ginger Jefferson of first-degree murder
Iowa
TOLEDO | A group of Tama County residents -- nine women and three men -- Tuesday convicted Ginger Jefferson of first-degree murder. At the same time, authorities filed an additional charge, aiding and abetting first-degree murder, against her son, Dustin Jefferson.
May 27 2014
Tama woman’s first-degree murder trial opens
Iowa
A woman testified Tuesday that Ginger Jefferson came to her Tama home Sept. 25, 2013 and said she had stabbed her daughter-in-law, Kerry O’Clair-Jefferson, in the neck. Amber Navarro, 34, of...
May 20 2014
Defense attorney objects no Meskwakis on Jefferson murder jury
Iowa
TOLEDO | Only an oath to uphold their responsibilities remains before 14 Tama County residents officially become the jury in Ginger Jefferson's first-degree murder trial.
May 20 2014
Murder trial starts Monday for Iowa mother-in-law - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA
Iowa
TAMA, Iowa (AP) - The trial of an Iowa woman accused of killing her daughter-in-law is scheduled to begin on Monday. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports ( http://bit.ly/RN69iT ) that 57-year-old Ginger Jefferson's trial is set to begin with jury selection on Monday.
May 18 2014
Trial for Ginger Jefferson begins Monday in Tama County
Iowa
TOLEDO | Ginger Jefferson's trial for first-degree murder is scheduled to begin Monday morning in Tama County.
May 18 2014
Stamats Healthcare Marketing Acquires Wellness Outreach Product, Lighten Up 4 Life
Iowa
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Stamats Healthcare Marketing is proud to announce its purchase of Lighten Up 4 Life, an online community wellness and population health management service. The acquisition is part of Stamats' strategic response to changes in the United States' healthcare landscape — providing critical services related to new Affordable Care Act mandates by ...
April 29 2014
Helping people at home
Iowa
New service provides home health services in three-county area By JIM MAGDEFRAU Star Press Union editor For those who need help, but want to stay at home, a new service is coming to the Benton, Iowa and Tama County areas. Keystone Home Health, based in Keystone, is headed up by Robyn Midyett, RN Administrator. For […]
April 26 2014
Grand Jury Indicts Tama County Man for First-degree Murder
Iowa
Jonathan Curtis Youngbear makes his first appearance in district court at the Tama County Courthouse on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Toledo, Iowa. Youngbear has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing of Severn Jefferson.
April 26 2014
Lasley, Jr. Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Parents
Iowa
TAMA COUNTY, Iowa - A man accused of killing his parents with a machete pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids, and his trial was set for June.
April 12 2014
Meskwaki Murder Case Moved to Federal Court
Iowa
Jonathan Curtis Youngbear makes his first appearance in district court at the Tama County Courthouse on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Toledo, Iowa. Youngbear has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing of Severn Jefferson.
April 09 2014
Man Charged With First-Degree Murder In Meskwaki Settlement Stabbing
Iowa
TAMA COUNTY, Iowa - Police have charged a 20-year-old man with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a man on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement Monday afternoon.
March 02 2014
Police: Tama County Man Killed Estranged Wife, Self In Cedar Rapids
Iowa
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A Cedar Rapids woman has been identified as the victim of Friday's murder-suicide in southwest Cedar Rapids. The assailant has been identified as the woman's allegedly estranged husband.
March 02 2014
UPDATE: 20-year-old charged in drug-fueled murder at Meskwaki Settlement
Iowa
TAMA | A 20-year-old Tama man is accused of stabbing a teenager in the chest after more than a day of drinking and smoking meth.
March 01 2014
20-year-old Charged in Drug-fueled Murder at Meskwaki Settlement
Iowa
Jonathan Curtis Youngbear makes his first appearance in district court at the Tama County Courthouse on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Toledo, Iowa. Youngbear has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing of Severn Jefferson.
March 01 2014
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