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Case No. 19-0047

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State of Iowa
Curtis Cortez Jones


State of Iowa


Curtis Cortez Jones

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Jeffrey L. Powell

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 04, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Johnson County, Chad A. Kepros, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (14 pages)

            Jones appeals his conviction for first-degree murder, contending the district court erred in denying his motion to suppress his statements made to police officers at the sheriff’s office after his arrest.  He claims the statements were involuntary and thus could not be used against him at his trial.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the totality of the circumstances does not show that Jones’s will was overborne due to his intoxication, mental state, or coercive police tactics, we find that his statements to police were voluntary.  We reject Jones’s request for a new trial because the district court properly denied his motion to suppress those statements.  We affirm.

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