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Case No. 18-0651

State of Iowa
Katrina Nikole Cooper


State of Iowa


Katrina Nikole Cooper

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Stephan J. Japuntich, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 09, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, James S. Heckerman, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Vaitheswaran and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (4 pages)

            Katrina Nikole Cooper appeals a judgment and sentence for delivery of more than five grams of methamphetamine, contending (1) the evidence was insufficient to support the district court’s finding of guilt following a bench trial, (2) her trial attorney was ineffective in failing to challenge the standard used by the district court in evaluating her new trial motion, and (3) her trial attorney was ineffective in failing to challenge her waiver of the right to a jury trial as unknowing and involuntary.  OPINION HOLDS: Substantial evidence supports the district court’s finding of guilt.  We preserve Cooper’s ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim with regard to her jury trial waiver for postconviction relief. 

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