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Case No. 19-0299

State of Iowa
Cheyanne R. Harris


State of Iowa


Cheyanne R. Harris

Attorney for the Appellee

Darrel Mullins, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Stuart Hoover

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 21, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Chickasaw County, Richard D. Stochl, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (9 pages)

            Cheyanne Harris appeals the judgment and sentence entered on her conviction of murder in the first degree.  On appeal, Harris contends (1) the district court should have admitted “opinion evidence of a mental impairment due to a mental disease or defect” to “negate the mens rea for a non-specific intent crime” and (2) her trial attorney was ineffective in failing to afford her the opportunity to present “a diminished responsibility defense and simultaneously allowing the State to pursue a line of argument that confronts a mental health defense.”  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm Harris’s judgment and sentence for first-degree murder. 

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