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Case No. 18-0181

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State of Iowa
v.
Nicole Marie Finn

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Nicole Marie Finn

Attorneys for Appellee

Martha E. Trout, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Nicholas B. Dial

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-0181
Date Published:
Oct 07, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Karen A. Romano, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Mullins and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (14 pages)

            Nicole Finn appeals her convictions for one count of first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree kidnapping.  Finn (1) challenges the sufficiency of the evidence to support the findings of guilt on “each kidnapping charge”; (2) argues the district court improperly instructed the jury on the meaning of a term used in the marshalling instruction for kidnapping; (3) contends the district court abused its discretion in denying her motions for change of venue; (4) argues the district court abused its discretion in denying her motions to strike three jurors for cause; and (5) contends her trial attorneys were ineffective in failing to object to a jury instruction that “assume[d] the existence of facts disputed in the record.”  OPINION HOLDS: Upon our review, we affirm.

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