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Case No. 17-1188

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State of Iowa
Rogelio Pablo Morales


State of Iowa


Rogelio Pablo Morales

Attorney for the Appellee

Thomas E. Bakke, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Melinda J. Nye, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 12, 2018

           Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Jeffrey L. Poulson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Danilson, C.J. (7 pages)

           Rogelio Morales was convicted of second-degree murder and now appeals from the denial of his motion to suppress statements he made to police officers.  OPINION HOLDS: Under the totality of the circumstances, we agree with the district court that Morales’s nods and subsequent action in answering questions were sufficient to indicate a knowing and voluntary waiver of his Miranda rights. 

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