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BY DI STAFF | APRIL 08, 2009 7:30 AM

Kehoe given no-contact order

Michelle Kehoe, accused of killing her 2-year-old child last fall, will not be allowed to contact her other son.

The prosecution secured a no-contact order Tuesday against Kehoe. She will not be allowed in the same room as her son, Sean Kehoe, except during court appearances.

Kehoe faces charges of first-degree murder, attempt to commit murder, and child endangerment resulting in serious injury.

In October 2008, Kehoe and her sons reportedly left their Coralville home to visit relatives. The next day, reports show the injured woman told a Buchanan County resident she and the children had been abducted.

Buchanan County law enforcement found the body of Seth Kehoe near the family minivan by the Hook ’N’ Liner Pond. An autopsy revealed the boy died from cuts to his neck.

Sean, 7 at the time, reportedly told police his mother duct-taped his eyes, nose, and mouth shut before cutting his neck and before allegedly killing his brother.

The court granted the prosecution’s no-contact order — filed in Buchanan County — alleging Kehoe poses a threat to Sean’s safety.

Kehoe was arrested Nov. 15 after she was released from the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Her trial was scheduled for March 18, but the court agreed to postpone the proceedings until an April 14 hearing.

— by Zhi Xiong

Culver respects court decision on marriage

Gov. Chet Culver released his first extensive reaction to last week’s contentious same-sex marriage ruling Tuesday, saying he respects the decision and opposes attempts to amend the constitution.

“I am reluctant to support amending the Iowa Constitution to add a provision that our Supreme Court has said is unlawful and discriminatory,” Culver said in a statement. “As governor, I must respect the authority of the Iowa Supreme Court and have a duty to uphold the constitution of the state of Iowa.”

When the ruling came down last week, Culver largely demurred on the issue, issuing a curt statement saying he’d have to review the ruling with the attorney general and his legal counsel “before reacting to what it means for Iowa.”

His statement on Tuesday largely backed the decision but was far from celebratory.

“As I have stated before, I personally believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Culver said, noting the ruling won’t affect religious marriages. “This is a tenet of my personal faith.”

— by Shawn Gude

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