- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

TOLEDO, Iowa (AP) - Jury selection is beginning in Tama County District Court for the first-degree murder trial of a man charged with killing his wife.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1LJ78Wk ) 76 potential jurors arrived Monday at the courthouse in Toledo, where a trial will be held for 40-year-old Dustin Jefferson.

The trial moved ahead Monday after Jefferson declined a plea deal offered by prosecutors that would have offered a shorter sentence if he would acknowledge there was enough evidence to convict him of lesser charges.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Jefferson would face a mandatory life sentence with no possibility of parole.

Jefferson is charged in the death of his wife, Kerry O’Clair Jefferson, in September 2013.

Last year, a jury convicted his mother, Ginger Jefferson, of first-degree murder in the death.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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