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Case No. 17-1925

State of Iowa
Joshua Russell Guill


State of Iowa


Joshua Russell Guill

Attorney for the Appellee

Genevieve Reinkoester and Denise Timmins, Assistant Attorneys General

Attorney for the Appellant

Melinda J. Nye, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 13, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Decatur County, Dustria A. Relph, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Mullins, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J. (8 pages)

            Joshua Guill appeals his conviction for second-degree murder, contending that (1) the district court abused its discretion in excluding the testimony of his two younger brothers, who were slated to testify to his “non-violence and patience as a caregiver as they were growing up,” (2) the district court erred in refusing to give a jury instruction on prior inconsistent statements under oath, and (3) his trial attorney was ineffective in failing to object to a jury instruction stating that the jury could consider his out of court statements “just as if they had been made at this trial.”  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm.

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