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Case No. 19-1324

State of Iowa
v.
Ronald Dean Share

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Ronald Dean Share

Attorneys for Appellee

Benjamin Parrott, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Christopher Kragnes, Sr.

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-1324
Date Published:
Feb 03, 2021
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Buchanan County, Linda Fangman and George L. Stigler, Judges.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Bower, C.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (17 pages)

            On direct appeal from four criminal convictions, Ronald Share alleges the district court denied him his constitutional right to represent himself at trial and denied him his right to counsel.  He also challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his convictions.  OPINION HOLDS: In view of all the circumstances, we conclude Share’s right to represent himself was not violated by the district court.  On the record before us, we find no abuse of discretion in denying Share’s request for substitute counsel.  Because a reasonable jury could conclude Share confined his passenger as required to commit kidnapping, we affirm his kidnapping conviction.  Given the speed at which Share’s vehicle was traveling at the time it left the road and the lack of any evasive action on Share’s part, there is substantial evidence to support Share’s attempted-murder and willful-injury convictions.

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