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Case No. 19-0494

State of Iowa
Curtis Cortez Jones


State of Iowa


Curtis Cortez Jones

Attorney for the Appellee

Benjamin Parrott, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Theresa R. Wilson, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 17, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Johnson County, Lars G. Anderson, Judge.  AFFIRMED ON CONDITION AND REMANDED WITH DIRECTIONS.  Heard by Tabor, P.J., and May and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J. (19 pages)

            Curtis Jones appeals his conviction for first-degree murder following a trial where he represented himself.  He contends his waiver of counsel was not knowing, voluntary, and intelligent, and the State violated his right to an impartial jury under the Sixth Amendment.  OPINION HOLDS: Viewing the record in its totality, we find the district court’s inquiry of Jones was adequate to protect his trial rights.  But we remand his claim that the jury did not represent a fair cross section of the community for further development under new case law from our supreme court.

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