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Case No. 19-1620

State of Iowa
Tran Lee Walker


State of Iowa


Tran Lee Walker

Attorney for the Appellee

Kyle Hanson, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Theresa R. Wilson, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 21, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Tod J. Deck, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, P.J. (10 pages)

            Tran Walker was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder.  On appeal, Walker argues the State failed to present sufficient evidence to prove he could form the specific intent necessary for first degree murder.  He argues that the evidence of his mental-health problems was enough to negate a finding of specific intent.  OPINION HOLDS: Evidence of the multiple stab wounds inflicted upon each victim suffice to establish the requisite intent to kill—even without considering Walker’s use of dangerous weapons, his statements before the murders, and his admissions afterwards.  Walker offered no expert opinion relating to diminished responsibility, and his post-murder actions also weigh against a diminished responsibility defense.  We find unavailing Walker’s argument that evidence of his mental-health issues was enough to negate a finding of specific intent to kill.  We therefore affirm the district court’s judgment and sentence.      

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