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Greene man in Iowa to face murder charges


More than two months after being charged with killing his wife, a Greene man made his first court appearance in Iowa on Friday.

South Dakota's governor signed the extradition papers last week, allowing 39-year-old Thomas Petersen to be transported to the Butler County Jail to face first degree murder charges in Iowa.

Petersen's bond was set at $500,000 and he asked the court to appoint council for him.

Petersen was being held in a South Dakota jail following a chase with authorities there. He faces attempted murder charges after reportedly running deputies off the highway on the morning of June 5 near Kadoka, South Dakota. He had his 2-year-old son Jacob with him at the time. The night before Iowa authorities had issued an AMBER Alert for Jacob after finding his mother, 36-year-old Judy Petersen dead in family's home in Greene. Jacob was not harmed.

Investigators say they recovered knives consistent with Judy Peterson's wounds, as well as bloody clothing that belonged to her husband. Investigators also say the Petersens had a history of conflict. The State Medical Examiner cited multiple stab wounds as the cause of death.  

Petersen initially chose to fight extradition to Iowa, but eventually abandoned the effort in early August.

His next scheduled court appearance is Aug. 22, where he's expected to make a formal plea.

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