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Case No. 18-0959

State of Iowa
John Michael Ancell


State of Iowa


John Michael Ancell

Attorney for the Appellee

Tyler J. Buller, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Brenda J. Gohr, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 05, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Bremer County, Peter B. Newell, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vogel, C.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J. (14 pages)

            John Ancell appeals his convictions, following a jury trial, of domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury and possession of marijuana.  Ancell asserts the court erred in denying his motions for a new trial and in arrest of judgment, contending he was denied a fair trial due to the State’s late disclosure of evidence, resulting in a Brady violation.  Ancell also challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his convictions.  OPINION HOLDS: Ancell’s Brady claim fails on the merits.  Accordingly, his trial counsel was not ineffective in failing to object to the State’s late disclosure of his statement.  We also find sufficient evidence to support his convictions.  Therefore, we affirm Ancell’s convictions for domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury and possession of marijuana.

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