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New judge appointed in Jetton case

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | 11:50 a.m. CST

BENTON — A new judge has been appointed and a court date set in the case of Rod Jetton, the former Missouri House speaker accused of assaulting a woman during rough sex.

The Southeast Missourian reported Tuesday that Mississippi County Associate Circuit Judge T. Lynn Brown has been assigned to the case. Jetton's attorney asked for a new judge last week.

Jetton is due back in court on Jan. 21, when the judge could set a date for a preliminary hearing.

Jetton, a Republican from Marble Hill, was speaker from 2005 through 2008.

The charge stems from a November incident in Sikeston. Police reports offer conflicting statements about whether the sex was consensual. The woman claimed Jetton struck her in the face and choked her. He has denied wrongdoing.

 


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