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Case No. 18-0268

State of Iowa
Quarzone Erikey Martin


State of Iowa


Quarzone Erikey Martin

Attorney for the Appellee

Bridget A. Chambers, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

John W. Pilkington

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jul 01, 2020

      Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Patrick R. Grady, Judge. REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Doyle and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J.  (14 pages)

            Quarzone Erikdey Martin appeals from convictions for second-degree murder, willful injury causing serious injury, and going armed with intent, asserting the court erred in instructing the jury, abused its discretion in rejecting the evidence as to the decedent’s violent character, and in denying his motion for mistrial.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the trial court erred in giving an instruction implementing Iowa Code section 704.2B (2017), we reverse and remand for a new trial. 

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