Skip to main content
Iowa Judicial Branch
Main Content

Case No. 21-0434

State of Iowa
v.
Jason Robert Sassman

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Jason Robert Sassman

Attorneys for Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Bradley M. Bender, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
21-0434
Date Published:
Sep 21, 2022
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Scott J. Beattie, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Tabor, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (12 pages)

            Jason Sassman appeals his conviction for second-degree murder contending the verdicts on his first-degree murder and animal abuse charges were inconsistent.  He also challenges admission of autopsy photographs and the State’s proof of malice aforethought.  OPINION HOLDS: We find no inconsistency in the verdicts, no abuse of discretion in the evidentiary ruling, and ample evidence of malice.  So we affirm. 

© 2022 Iowa Judicial Branch. All Rights Reserved.