Decision on Jetton trial postponed

NEW MADRID, MO (AP) - A decision on a trial date for former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton has been delayed.

Jetton is facing a charge of second-degree assault. He is accused of punching and choking a woman at her home in Sikeston in November. The case was moved to New Madrid on a change of venue.

The Southeast Missourian reported that Jetton's attorney and Scott County prosecutor Paul Boyd on Tuesday appeared before a judge who agreed to continue the case until June 8. It is not certain if a trial date will be set at that time.

Jetton is a Republican who served as speaker of the Missouri House form 2005 to 2009. He served in the House from 2001 to 2009, representing most of Bollinger and Wayne counties.

Information from: Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com

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