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Case No. 19-0971

State of Iowa
v.
Michael James Jones

The State seeks further review of the court of appeals decision reversing and remanding Michael James Jones’s convictions following a jury trial for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. The court agreed with Jones’s argument that there was insufficient evidence to support the convictions on the basis Jones’s mere proximity to the drugs alone cannot support a finding of constructive possession.

County:
Clay

Applicant

State of Iowa

Resister

Michael James Jones

Attorneys for Applicant

Zachary Miller

Attorneys for Resister

Pamela Wingert

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule

15-15-5

Oct 21, 2021 9:00 AM

Briefs

Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-0971
Date Published:
Dec 03, 2021

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-0971
Date Published:
Oct 07, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clay County, Nancy L. Whittenburg, Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and Greer, JJ.  Carr, S.J., takes no part.  Opinion by Doyle, P.J.  (10 pages)

            A jury found Michael Jones guilty of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.  Jones claims there is insufficient evidence to support the convictions.  OPINION HOLDS: We are not satisfied the evidence was sufficient for the jury to reasonably infer that Jones knew the drugs were present and exercised control and dominion over them.  Because the evidence could not support the jury’s verdict, we reverse the judgment and sentence entered following Jones’s convictions and remand the case to the district court to vacate Jones’s convictions and dismiss the charges.

Other Information

Date Retained:
Feb 24, 2021
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