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Case No. 22-0827

State of Iowa
Matthew James Davis


State of Iowa


Matthew James Davis

Attorney for the Appellee

Zachary Miller, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Shellie L. Knipfer, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 24, 2023

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Webster County, Thomas J. Bice, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J.  (14 pages)

            Matthew Davis appeals his convictions and the sentences imposed for two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of incest.  He contends the trial court abused its discretion in overruling his objection to allowing his wife, Patti, to testify about having been sexually abused as a child.  He maintains the verdicts are not supported by sufficient evidence and are contrary to the weight of the evidence.  Davis also asserts the court abused its discretion in imposing consecutive sentences.  OPINION HOLDS: The court did not abuse its discretion in ruling on the admissibility of the evidence.  There is substantial evidence to support the convictions.  This is not the extraordinary case in which the evidence preponderates heavily against the verdicts.  And the court did not abuse its discretion in imposing consecutive sentences.  We thus affirm.

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