The much-anticipated jury trial of former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton
on charges that he assaulted a woman during a night of S&M sex
has been delayed indefinitely.
The Southeast Missourian
reports that the two-day in New Madrid County, which was to begin October 28
, has been indefinitely postponed.
The delay follows depositions earlier this month of the victim, Mary Elizabeth Lowe
, in which new text messages and medical information came to light.
"It raises a bunch of new questions for me," Stephen Wilson, Jetton's attorney, tells the Missourian
Jetton reportedly reconnected with Lowe, a former classmate of his, via Facebook and the two began calling and texting each other thereafter. On November 15 of last year Jetton allegedly went to Lowe's home where they engaged in rough sex in which Lowe was to use the safe-word of "green balloons
" if it got too physical for her.
Jetton is accused of second-degree assault resulting in bruising to Lowe's face, neck and thigh. If convicted, he faces the possibility of six months in prison and a whopping $5,000 fine.