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Dustin Jefferson aiding and abetting murder conviction upheld

September 12, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The conviction of Dustin Jerome Jefferson, 43, of aiding and abetting 1s degree murder has been upheld in a 2-1 decision of the Iowa Appeals Court.

In the decision filed on Wednesday, Sept. 12, Chief Judge David Danilson and Judge Michael R. Mullins affirmed the conviction. Judge Amanda Potterfield dissented.

Jefferson was found guilty by a Jasper County Jury on Feb 9, 2016, on a change of venue from Tama County in connection with the stabbing death of his wife, Kerry Lea Jefferson, age 32,in Tama on Sept. 13, 2013.

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Dustin Jerome Jefferson

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He was sentenced to life in prison on May 6, 2016.

Dustin Jefferson's mother, Ginger Jefferson, now age 62, was convicted of 1st degree murder of her daughter-in-law on May 27, 2014 and was also sentenced to life in prison.

In appealing his conviction, Dustin Jefferson contended there was insufficient evidence and ineffective trial counsel.

Her claims he was at a home in Tama when his wife was stabbed but was outside the residence.

The state presented evidence which showed the victim's blood on his clothing and he admitted his pocket knife had been used and the prosecution contended he "probably provided the knife" to his mother.

In dissenting, Judge Pottefield said, in part, "the inferences upon which support for this murder conviction relies are stacked on top of each other without evidence. They require manipulation of the evidence that does exist and rank speculation about what may have occurred and what the jury may have imagined could have happened. The evidence here is insufficient to support the verdict. I would reverse and remand for dismissal.



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