Skip to main content
Iowa Judicial Branch
Main Content

Case No. 19-0056

State of Iowa
Vance Archille Good


State of Iowa


Vance Archille Good

Attorney for the Appellee

Darrel Mullins, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Shellie L. Knipfer, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 17, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Richard H. Davidson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Bower, C.J., and Doyle and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J. (16 pages)

            Vance Archilee Good appeals from his conviction for first-degree murder, contending there is insufficient evidence of robbery, malice aforethought, or premeditation to support the conviction.  He also asserts the court abused its discretion in allowing a photograph of one of his tattoos to be viewed by the jury.  Finally, he maintains the court erred in allowing “backdoor hearsay.”  OPINION HOLDS: Because there is substantial evidence to support the conviction, the trial court did not abuse its discretion in admitting the photograph, and we are not persuaded that the so-called backdoor hearsay “undermined Good’s sole defense of self-defense” and denied him a fair trial, we affirm.

© 2024 Iowa Judicial Branch. All Rights Reserved.