St. Louis judge appointed to Jetton assault case

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | 9:37 a.m. CDT; updated 10:09 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 17, 2010

BENTON — A St. Louis judge has been appointed to preside over the assault case against former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton.

A defense attorney had asked last week that a new judge be assigned to Jetton's case, which is pending in Scott County. The Supreme Court has assigned St. Louis Circuit Judge Donald McCullin.

Jetton has pleaded not guilty to a felony assault charge for allegedly battering a woman during a sexual encounter last fall.

The former Republican lawmaker also is the target of a federal grand jury investigation into alleged bribery involving a political donation and a 2005 bill regulating sexually oriented businesses. Jetton has denied any wrongdoing.

Jetton's term in office ended in January 2009.


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