No Kassel Murder Trial: Kassel To Enter Guilty Plea

Sheldon, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man charged in the death of his mother earlier this year now apparently plans to enter a guilty plea in the case.

Nathaniel Kassel was charged with murder in the 1st degree in the death of his mother, Jody Duskin. Kassel had earlier pleaded not guilty and was set to go on trial October 17th, but a plea and sentencing hearing is now set instead for September 18th in O’Brien County District Court.

Jody Duskin was found dead in her home in Sheldon in March. Court documents state that Kassel corresponded with family members saying he was planning to kill Duskin. Kassel was taken into custody in South Dakota the day after Duskin’s body was found.

Kassel had also originally been charged with operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent and possession or control of a firearm as a felon. Those charges have since been dismissed.


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