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Case No. 19-0856

State of Iowa
Scott Dwayne Chatman


State of Iowa


Scott Dwayne Chatman

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Bradley M. Bender, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 30, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Robert B. Hanson, William P. Kelly, and Jeffrey D. Farrell, Judges.  CONVICTIONS AFFIRMED; SENTENCE VACATED AND REMANDED FOR RESENTENCING.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (17 pages)


            Scott Chatman appeals his convictions for first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, and assault causing bodily injury.  He argues: 1) the district court violated his due process and statutory rights related to competency; 2) his trial counsel was ineffective; and 3) the State did not present substantial evidence he committed the crimes.  He also challenges the court’s sentencing decision.  OPINION HOLDS: On our de novo review, we reject Chatman’s competency claims and preserve his ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claims for possible postconviction-relief proceedings.  Because we find substantial evidence supports the jury’s verdicts, we affirm Chatman’s convictions.  As for his sentencing claim, we remand for resentencing.

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