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Case No. 18-0222

Michelle Lynn Kehoe
State of Iowa


Michelle Lynn Kehoe


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Jonathan M. Causey

Attorney for the Appellee

Darrel Mullins and Andrew J. Prosser, Assistant Attorneys General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 18, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Buchanan County, Richard D. Stochl, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Doyle, JJ.  Opinion by Potterfield, J.  (24 pages)

            Michelle Kehoe appeals from the denial of her application for postconviction relief (PCR), following her 2009 convictions for murder in the first degree, attempted murder, and child endangerment resulting in serious injury.  Kehoe argues she received ineffective assistance from trial counsel when counsel failed to 1) move to suppress the incriminating statements she made to police while in the hospital without first receiving Miranda warnings, 2) secure a different, more remote change of venue, and 3) raise the issue of Kehoe’s competency to stand trial.  In her supplemental pro se brief, Kehoe joins some of the arguments made by counsel and also lists a number of errors she believes the PCR court made in its ruling.  OPINION HOLDS: Because Kehoe has not proved any of her claims of ineffective assistance have merit, we affirm the denial of her application for PCR.  As for her pro se claims, she makes no cognizable legal claims and her supplemental pro se brief fails to comport with the appellate rules of procedure; we do not consider any of those issues.

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