The mother-in-law of a Tama homicide victim has been charged with her murder.
Police had gone to the home of the victim, 32-year-old Kerry O’Clair-Jefferson, Wednesday afternoon to serve an arrest warrant on her husband Dustin Jefferson on unrelated charges.
But neighbors informed police that Kerry was inside and may be injured.
Once inside, they found Kerry dead.
Results from an autopsy show O’Clair-Jefferson died from a “sharp force trauma to her neck.”
Officials charged O’Clair-Jefferson’s mother-in-law, 57-year-old Ginger Jefferson, with first degree murder in the case. She was originally taken into custody Wednesday as a material witness.
Shackled and wearing an orange jumpsuit, Jefferson faced a district judge Friday afternoon in front a small gathering of family members.
The initial hearing was brief but stirred up emotions.
Despite the difficult circumstances, family members of Kerry and Ginger Jefferson say they hold no ill will towards each other.
“Every family has little tiffs here and there but we’re all family and we’re all going to make it,” daughter-in-law Laurie Davenport said.
Ginger Jefferson is scheduled to be in court again for her preliminary hearing on October 7th as the investigation into the homicide continues.
In the meantime, she is being held at the Tama County jail on a $1-million bond.