Judge finds probable cause in Jetton case

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 5:45 p.m. CST; updated 8:58 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 25, 2010

BENTON — The assault case against former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton will move forward after a judge found probable cause following testimony from the alleged victim.

The Sikeston woman testified Wednesday during a preliminary hearing for Jetton, who is accused of assaulting the woman during rough sex in November.

The woman testified that the two flirted via Facebook, phone and text messages before he showed up at her house on Nov. 15. She says the two did plan to have sex.

But the woman said Jetton attacked her suddenly and violently, leaving her with injuries to her head, face and leg.

Defense attorney Stephen Wilson cited text messages suggesting the woman knew the sex would be rough but wanted it to be that way.

Jetton, a Republican, was speaker from 2005 to 2008.

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