Judge sets hearing date for former House speaker Rod Jetton

Thursday, January 21, 2010 | 9:50 a.m. CST; updated 11:12 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 3, 2010

BENTON — The new judge assigned in the case of Rod Jetton might set a preliminary hearing date for the former Missouri House speaker accused of assaulting a woman during rough sex.

Mississippi County Associate Circuit Judge T. Lynn Brown was assigned to the case earlier this month after Jetton's attorney asked for a new judge.

Jetton is not expected to appear at the 11 a.m. hearing Thursday.

Jetton, a Republican from Marble Hill, was Speaker of the Missouri House 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. Jetton has denied wrongdoing.


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