Trial delayed in Jefferson Co. beating death

Susan DeJong

By:  Newsroom

Trial has been delayed for 54-year-old Susan DeJong, a Jefferson County woman accused of murdering her husband.

Prosecutors had asked for the continuance Thursday afternoon because evidence is still being processed by a crime lab. Jefferson County Attorney Linda Bauer says she's concerned that the evidence wouldn't be returned to her office until too near the original trial date of Aug. 29.

The new trial date is Sept. 19. DeJong has pleaded not guilty in the beating death of 52-year-old Thomas DeJong, formerly of Alexandria, S.D. Rescue squad members called to the DeJong residence west of Fairbury on March 11 found Thomas DeJong, who was severely beaten on the head, torso and limbs. He was pronounced dead later at a Lincoln hospital.