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Case No. 19-1619

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State of Iowa
Alfonso D. Faison Jr.


State of Iowa


Alfonso D. Faison Jr.

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Stuart Hoover

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 18, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Mark T. Hostager, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Schumacher, J., Vogel, S.J.  Opinion by Bower, C.J.  (3 pages)

            Alfonson Faison Jr. appeals his conviction for domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury following a July 6, 2019 jury verdict.  On appeal, he asserts the district court’s failure to instruct that there is no duty to retreat is reversible error and argues trial counsel was ineffective in failing to challenge the jury instructions regarding his justification defense.  OPINION HOLDS: The jury-instruction issue is not preserved for review.  Iowa Code section 814.7 (Supp. 2019) precludes our consideration of Faison’s ineffective-assistance claim.  We affirm.

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