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Case No. 19-2130

State of Iowa
Jeffrey Lynn Winters


State of Iowa


Jeffrey Lynn Winters

Attorneys for Appellee

Genevieve Reinkoester and Douglas D. Hammerand, Assistant Attorneys General

Attorneys for Appellant

Stephan J. Japuntich, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 17, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Kossuth County, Carl J. Petersen, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by May, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J. (24 pages)

            Jeffrey Winters appeals his conviction following a jury trial in which he was found guilty of murder in the first degree.  Winters argues the district court abused its discretion in declining to strike two potential jurors for cause and when it overruled his motion for a mistrial following certain questioning by the prosecution implicating his right to remain silent.  Winters also asserts that the evidence is insufficient to support the jury’s guilty verdict.  OPINION HOLDS: Upon our review, we find no abuse of discretion in the district court’s refusal to strike the jurors and in denying Winters’s motion for a mistrial.  The record contains substantial evidence to support the jury’s verdict.  Accordingly, we affirm.

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