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Case No. 16-0935

State of Iowa
Dustin Jerome Jefferson


State of Iowa


Dustin Jerome Jefferson

Attorney for the Appellee

Darrel Mullins and Laura Roan, Assistant Attorneys General

Attorney for the Appellant

Cory J. Goldensoph

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 12, 2018

           Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Tama County, Mary E. Chicchelly, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Danilson, C.J., and Potterfield and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  Dissent by Potterfield, J. (29 pages)

           Dustin Jefferson appeals his conviction of aiding and abetting first-degree murder in violation of Iowa Code sections 707.2 (2013).  He argues there is insufficient evidence to support his conviction and his trial counsel was ineffective in a number of respects.  OPINION HOLDS: We find sufficient evidence supports Dustin’s conviction and trial counsel was not ineffective as alleged.  We affirm Dustin’s conviction of aiding and abetting murder in the first degree.  DISSENT ASSERTS:  The evidence here is insufficient to support the verdict.  I would reverse and remand for dismissal.

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