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Case No. 21-1742

State of Iowa
Paul Roosevelt Belk



State of Iowa


Paul Roosevelt Belk

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

R. Ben Stone

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 19, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Jeffrey A. Neary, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Ahlers, J., and Mullins, S.J.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (10 pages)

            Paul Belk appeals his convictions for second-degree murder.  He claims he was legally insane when he stabbed his victims and the State failed to provide sufficient evidence of malice aforethought.  He also claims he received ineffective assistance of counsel.  OPINION HOLDS: There was sufficient evidence of Belk’s sanity and malice aforethought.  We cannot consider his ineffective-assistance claims on direct appeal.

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