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Trial delayed for 2nd defendant in beating death case

NEWTON, Iowa – The trial of a second person accused in the beating death of a Des Moines man has been delayed.

A Jasper County judge granted the request from the attorney for 51-year-old Jeffrey Stendrup, of Clive. Stendrup and 26-year-old Jaycie Sheeder were charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the slaying of Jeremy McDowell. His body was found June 22 last year in Newton in the back of a vehicle Sheeder had been driving.

She was sentenced Oct. 3 to life in prison and last week filed notice of her attention to appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court. Authorities say Sheeder, of Coon Rapids, kept silent about Stendrup’s involvement in the attack and never tried to stop it.

Jasper County court records say Stendrup’s new trial starting date is Feb. 12. It had been scheduled to start next week.

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