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DOWNTOWN GRUNDY – A former Reinbeck man who has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Christian Marie Jeys entered a written plea of ​​not guilty in Grundy County District Court Tuesday.

According to court documents, Kevin Lee Halladey, 41, and his attorney, public defender Aaron Hawbaker, entered the guilty plea and demanded a speedy trial pursuant to Rule 27.2(b) of the Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure. A request to expand media coverage has also been approved and a jury trial is tentatively set for February 15 at 9 a.m. with a pretrial conference to be held on February 6 at 1 p.m. future proceedings related to the case.

As previously reported in the TR, the situation that ultimately resulted in Jeys’ death began just after midnight on December 16, 2021, when Grundy County deputies were dispatched to Jeys’ residence on Chestnut Street in Reinbeck. with a report that a 13-year-old boy. The old man had stabbed Halladey, Jeys’ boyfriend.

Also on December 16, 2021, just after midnight, according to a separate criminal complaint, officers found a different juvenile at the Jeys residence who alleged that Halladey entered their bedroom and woke them up shortly after midnight. Halladey was later charged with assault causing bodily harm for allegedly throwing the minor by the arm against a wall, injuring his shoulder.

At the time of the incidents, Halladey was not immediately taken into custody, but was instead treated at Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) and released early that morning to Jeys’ care.

At around 5 a.m. the same day, Halladey woke up a neighbor of Jeys when he knocked on the door and said Jeys was unresponsive.

When officers arrived within minutes at the Reinbeck de Jeys residence, they found her unconscious, lying on the floor and drenched. Jeys was transported to Grundy County Memorial Hospital, where staff noted a recent lesion around Jeys’ left eye that had not been there before.

Jeys was then taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where she died of her injuries on December 23, 2021.

On September 2, 2022, the Johnson County Medical Examiner released the Autopsy Report on Jeys’ death and declared it a homicide with the cause of death as complications of blunt force injuries to the head.

Halladey pleaded guilty to the assault charge from December 16, 2021 to April 2022 and was sentenced to 245 days suspended, 120 days imposed in Grundy County Jail. At the time of his arrest on the murder charge, he was being held at the Iowa State Penitentiary at Fort Madison.

In June 2022, Halladey pleaded guilty in Alford’s writ to one count of domestic abuse assault in May 2021 involving Jeys and her family and was sentenced to 30 days in the Grundy County Jail. He was previously convicted of assault for domestic abuse in Warren County in connection with an incident involving a former intimate partner that occurred on May 10, 2015 in Indianola.

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