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Judge schedules retrial in Sioux City-native's murder

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Following her son's 2011 murder, a Sioux City woman spent a week, this month, listening to witnesses recall her son's final moments. Then, abruptly, the judge declared a mistrial. So, Lisa Jasman will have ride that roller coaster of emotions, again, to find justice for her son, Jordan Peterson.

When Peterson disappeared, in November of 2011, Jasman wanted only one thing. She wanted her son's safe return.

After Peterson's body was found in the Arizona desert two months later, Jasman's focus shifted to her search for justice. "There will be closure knowing that they're all getting their just due," Jasman said.

Three men were charged. Two of them, Reed Marrone, and Tyler Brown, pleaded guilty to charges related to Peterson's murder. Brown was set to testify against the third suspect, Bryan Lee.

One week into Lee's murder and kidnapping trial Brown wanted to change his story. "I believe that Bryan Lee, sharing his actual actions with a second person, actually helps us," Jasman said. Brown claimed Lee had confessed to participating in Peterson's murder. So, a new trial was ordered.

So, Jasman will have to hear the gruesome details of her son's murder again. "There were things that I heard, things that I saw, that for the first time really took me aback," Jasman said. "I mean, it was rough. I was always given the impression that my son didn't suffer. I found out differently."

The details were so gruesome, many wouldn't want to hear them. But, Jasman stayed. "Everyone was like, 'leave the courtroom if you need to leave,'" Jasman said. "But, I promised my son that I wasn't leaving. I was there for him." Because she stayed, Jasman says she's ready for the new trial to begin. "I believe I'm going in stronger," Jasman said. "Now I know what to expect."

Bryan Lee's retrial is set to begin May 13th, in Tucson, Arizona.

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