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Case No. 19-1809

State of Iowa
Luke Douglas Groat


State of Iowa


Luke Douglas Groat

Attorney for the Appellee

Timothy M. Hau, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Ashley Beisch

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 17, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Calhoun County, Kurt J. Stoebe, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., Greer, J., and Gamble, S.J.  Opinion by Gamble, S.J.  (13 pages)

            Luke Groat appeals his convictions for stalking, domestic abuse assault, and harassment in the third degree.  He claims the district court abused its discretion in denying his motions for mistrial, his constitutional rights to due process and a fair trial were violated, and the district court admitted hearsay evidence that was not properly authenticated.  OPINION HOLDS: The district court did not abuse its discretion in denying Groat’s first motion for mistrial.  Groat does not develop an appellate argument relating to his second motion for mistrial, so his claim is waived.  Groat did not preserve error on his constitutional claims.  And the challenged evidence was properly authenticated and was not hearsay, so it was properly admitted.

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