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Case No. 19-0218

Martaves Deshone Keys
State of Iowa


Martaves Deshone Keys


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Francis Hurley

Attorney for the Appellee

Zachary Miller, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 04, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Kellyann M. Lekar, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (5 pages)

            Martaves Keys appeals from the district court’s denial of his application for postconviction relief following his 2009 convictions on two counts of first-degree murder.  Keys contends the postconviction court erred in  “failing to rule on [his] effort to set [a] new and more stringent standard for postconviction relief pursuant to the Iowa Constitution” and “declining to reach the issue of cumulative error.”  Keys also contends the court should not have denied his claims that his trial attorneys were ineffective in (a) making a brief opening statement, (2) failing to file a motion for change of venue, and (3) failing to request a jury instruction on  officer credibility.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the district court appropriately denied the postconviction-relief application.

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