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Case No. 19-0320

State of Iowa
Dawarn Lamar Moncrief


State of Iowa


Dawarn Lamar Moncrief

Attorney for the Appellee

Thomas J. Ogden, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Shawn C. McCullough

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 03, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Des Moines County, Mark E. Kruse, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., May, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J.  (5 pages)

            Dawarn Lamar Moncrief appeals his convictions for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of contraband, and failure to possess a tax stamp.  His appeal is based solely on a claim of ineffective assistance of his trial counsel for failing to take pre-trial depositions of the State’s witnesses and failing to sufficiently cross-examine the State’s witnesses at trial.  OPINION HOLDS: We find the record inadequate to address these ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claims on direct appeal.  We preserve them for possible postconviction-relief proceedings and affirm the convictions.

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