The Ottumwa Courier


April 2, 2014

Trial set in child pornography case

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa man accused in a child pornography case will go on trial this summer.

Rass Kerby Jr., is charged with enticing a minor to engage in a sex act or simulated sex act and possession of media of a minor engaged in a sex act. He was arrested in January and initially charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Online court records show Kerby’s trial is now scheduled to begin on July 1. Bond in the case has been fixed at $18,000 cash only.

Kerby’s case is not the only one with recent changes. Two separate cases against Christopher Jordan have been combined. Jordan is accused of arson, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, using a juvenile to commit an indictable offense, stalking and filing a fraudulent insurance claim.

The insurance claim previously stood as the sole charge in a separate filing. Jordan’s trial is scheduled for May 6.

In other area cases:

• Bobby Snow, convicted last month of second-degree murder, has filed a motion for a new trial. The defense seeks an arrest of the jury’s verdict, resetting the case. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for June 9.

• Proceedings against a man accused of attempted murder are on hold. Attorneys for Amevi Nsougan asked the court for an evaluation under Chapter 812, which provides for mental evaluation of defendants. The court has said proceedings will wait for the results of that hearing.

• Kevin Galbraith has been released from custody pending sentencing on charges of possession of marijuana and meth with intent to distribute the drugs. He pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in June.

• The charges against Todd Sexton and Kyle Davis, who are accused of stealing a skid loader and then using it to commit a burglary, have been revised. Both men are now charged with first-degree theft, second-degree theft and burglary. They are accused of being habitual offenders, which could enhance sentencing if they are convicted.

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