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Bail set at $1M for mother-in-law in Iowa killing

Published On: Sep 28 2013 03:54:23 PM CDT
TAMA, Iowa (AP) -

A judge has set bail for a woman accused of killing her daughter-in-law at $1 million.

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that a Tama County Court judge set bail for 57-year-old Ginger Jefferson during her initial court appearance Friday on a first-degree murder charge.

Authorities say Jefferson was originally taken into custody as a material witness in the death of 32-year-old Kerry O'Clair-Jefferson. O'Clair-Jefferson's body was found inside her Tama house Wednesday afternoon by police, who were there to arrest her husband, Dustin Jefferson, on a warrant and learned O'Clair-Jefferson might be injured inside the house.

Authorities say an autopsy shows O'Clair-Jefferson died of stab wounds to her neck.

Tama is a central Iowa city of around 2,900 that sits about 20 miles east of Marshalltown.