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State of Iowa
State of Iowa
Attorneys for Appellee
Sharon K. Hall, Assistant Attorney General
Attorneys for Appellant
Ashley Stewart, Assistant Appellate Defender
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Stuart P. Werling, Judge. AFFIRMED. Heard by Bower, C.J., and May and Ahlers, JJ. Opinion by May, J. (15 pages)
Deondra Thomas appeals his convictions for first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He (1) challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his first-degree murder conviction, (2) claims the district court abused its discretion in admitting certain evidence, and (3) requests we remand to the district court so he can challenge the composition of the jury venire. OPINION HOLDS: Sufficient evidence supported Thomas’s murder conviction. Thomas did not preserve error on his claim that certain evidence amounted in improper prior-bad-acts evidence. We preserve his related ineffective-assistance claim for possible postconviction-relief proceedings. To the extent Thomas claims the prejudicial value of the challenged evidence substantially outweighed its probative value, we disagree. And because Thomas failed to establish any element of his fair cross-section claim in the district court, we decline to remand for further development in light of recent changes in caselaw as to some elements.