MESKWAKI MURDER: Man Charged In Teen’s Death

Authorities say a day and a half of drinking alcohol and smoking meth led to a deadly stabbing, Monday evening.

A first degree murder charge has been filed in the death of a teen on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement in Tama.

Law enforcement officials were dispatched to 1695 340th Street in Tama a little before 5:00 p.m. Monday on a 911 call about a stabbing. When they arrived they found 17-year-old Severn Jefferson unresponsive. Responding officers say it appeared Jefferson had been stabbed in the chest with a knife.

An autopsy is being performed Tuesday to make an official determination of the cause of death.

Early Tuesday morning officials arrested 20-year-old Jonathan Youngbear in connection with Jefferson’s death. He has been charged with first degree murder and is being held in the Tama County Jail.

A criminal complaint says that Youngbear and Jefferson had an argument after drinking and smoking meth.

This is the second homicide investigation on the Tama County settlement this month.

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