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Case No. 18-0181

State of Iowa
Nicole Marie Finn


State of Iowa


Nicole Marie Finn

Attorney for the Appellee

Martha E. Trout, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Nicholas B. Dial

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 07, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Karen A. Romano, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Mullins and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (14 pages)

            Nicole Finn appeals her convictions for one count of first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree kidnapping.  Finn (1) challenges the sufficiency of the evidence to support the findings of guilt on “each kidnapping charge”; (2) argues the district court improperly instructed the jury on the meaning of a term used in the marshalling instruction for kidnapping; (3) contends the district court abused its discretion in denying her motions for change of venue; (4) argues the district court abused its discretion in denying her motions to strike three jurors for cause; and (5) contends her trial attorneys were ineffective in failing to object to a jury instruction that “assume[d] the existence of facts disputed in the record.”  OPINION HOLDS: Upon our review, we affirm.

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