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Case No. 19-1463

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State of Iowa
Latisha Marie Watson


State of Iowa


Latisha Marie Watson

Attorney for the Appellee

Kyle Hanson and Genevieve Reinkoester, Assistant Attorneys General, and Ryan Benn, Law Student Intern

Attorney for the Appellant

Peter J. Leo

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 23, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Monona County, Tod Deck, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and May and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (5 pages)

            Latisha Watson appeals the district court judgment finding her guilty of possession of a controlled substance in violation of Iowa Code section 124.401(5).  On appeal, Watson challenges the sufficiency of the evidence that she possessed the marijuana.  OPINION HOLDS: The witness testimony that Watson handed him marijuana when she realized police were at her house so the witness could “take the rap for her” is sufficient evidence of Watson’s actual possession of the drugs to sustain the guilty finding.  We affirm.

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