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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Suspect Arrested for First Degree Murder
for the Death of Severn Jefferson

Des Moines, IOWA -- On February 24, 2014, at approximately 4:52PM, the Tama County Communications Center received a 911 call reference a stabbing at 1695 340th Street Tama, Iowa which is located on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement.   The Meskwaki Police Department, the Tama County Sheriff’s Office, and the Toledo Police Department responded to the emergency call.  Upon arrival, law enforcement found Severn Daniel Jefferson (DOB:  10/10/1996) unresponsive. It appeared to responding officers that Jefferson had been stabbed in the chest with a knife. 

An autopsy will be performed by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner on the body of Severn Jefferson on February 25, 2014.  The cause and manner of death are still pending further investigation.
During the early morning hours of February 25, 2014, Jonathan Curtis Youngbear (DOB:  10/19/1993) was placed under arrest for the death of Jefferson.  He has been charged with Murder in the First Degree under Iowa Criminal code 707.2.  Youngbear is currently being housed in the Tama County jail.  Murder in the First Degree carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole. 

The case is still under investigation with the assistance of the Meskwaki Police Department, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Iowa Criminalistic Laboratory, Tama County Sheriff’s Office, Toledo Police Department, Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner and the Tama County Attorney’s office. 

Media Contact
Special Agent Richard Rahn
563-284-9506-Office
563-370-5109-Cell

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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