St. Louis Public Radio News
5:52 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Ex-Mo. speaker's assault trial set for February

NEW MADRID, Mo. – The trial of former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton on a charge of second-degree assault has been rescheduled for February.

The 43-year-old Republican had been set to go on trial Thursday
but requested a delay, citing what his lawyer called new evidence.

Online court records Monday show the trial now is set to start Feb.
3 in New Madrid County on a chage of venue from Scott
County.

Jetton is accused of punching and choking a woman last November
at her Sikeston home in southeast Missouri. He has pleaded not
guilty to the assault charge, which carries maximum penalties of
seven years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Jetton left the Missouri House in January 2009 because of term
limits.