A trial starts today for two Clinton residents accused of providing alcohol to minors in connection with a teen’s drunken driving death last June.
Jeffery M. Rowson, 22, and Lindsey R. Brown, 23, are standing trial together in Clinton County District Court, each facing a Class D felony charge of providing alcohol to a minor resulting in the death of 16-year-old Jacob Kilburg of Clinton.
According to court records, Rowson and Brown each bought 30-packs of beer consumed at a party June 13, 2009, at a Clinton residence. Rowson allegedly sold one of the packs to two minors who attended the party, and Brown is accused of selling the other 30-pack to Kilburg and another minor who later attended the party.
Court records state that several of Kilburg’s friends saw him consuming alcohol at a wooded area near Clinton’s north bridge before leaving with some of the friends to attend the party around midnight.
Several minors allegedly attended the party, played a drinking game and observed Kilburg consuming alcohol at the residence.
Kilburg left the party in a friend’s car at 3 a.m. to meet a friend in DeWitt, then left DeWitt around 4:20 a.m., according to court records. He lost control of the vehicle while driving east on U.S. 30 toward Clinton, and the car flipped several times and landed in a ditch.
Kilburg was taken by ambulance to Mercy North Hospital and later transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where he was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.
Blood drawn from Kilburg at Mercy North revealed a blood alcohol content of .102 percent, indicating he was above Iowa’s legal limit of .08 percent at the time of the crash.
Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf said this morning that jury selection for the trial could run through early afternoon, with opening statements expected later in the day.