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Case No. 18-0636

Michael Roach
State of Iowa


Michael Roach


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Karmen Anderson

Attorney for the Appellee

Benjamin Parrott, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 17, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Karen A. Romano, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., Doyle, J., and Scott, S.J.  Opinion by Potterfield, P.J.  (4 pages)

            Michael Roach appeals the summary dismissal of his fourth application for postconviction relief (PCR) challenging his 2004 convictions for murder in the second degree and robbery in the first degree.  Roach maintains the 2017 “stand your ground” law is to be applied retroactively, and he asks us to remand for a determination of whether the new law applies to the facts of his case.  OPINION HOLDS: The new law is a substantive change, which we do not apply retroactively.  Thus, Roach’s PCR application is untimely, and we affirm the summary dismissal of it.

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