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Case No. 18-0758

Dustin Elliot Williams
State of Iowa


Dustin Elliot Williams


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Nathan A. Olson

Attorney for the Appellee

Bridget A. Chambers, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 15, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Arthur E. Gamble, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Mullins, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Gamble, S.J., takes no part.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (9 pages)  

            Williams appeals from the denial of his postconviction-relief application, alleging that (1) “[t]rial counsel was ineffective in failing to investigate potential defenses”; (2) “[t]rial counsel was ineffective in specifically failing to investigate and obtain evidence regarding the State’s sole eyewitness recanting her initial allegations”; and (3) “trial counsel was ineffective in failing to adequately advise [him] regarding his potential strategies and prospects before a jury, which led to [him] consenting to an Alford plea.”  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the denial of Williams’ postconviction-relief application.

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