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Case No. 20-0329

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Craig Eugene Smith
State of Iowa


Craig Eugene Smith


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Jessica Maffitt

Attorney for the Appellee

Sharon K. Hall, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 04, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Jeffrey D. Farrell, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J. and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (15 pages)

            Craig Smith appeals the summary ruling dismissing his application for postconviction relief.  The district court found the statute of limitations had run and there were no exceptions shown to the three-year limitations period.  Smith argues he was not competent to stand trial; received ineffective assistance from trial counsel and PCR counsel; and claims his sentence was illegal because he is innocent of first-degree murder.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the district court’s summary dismissal; Smith’s claims are all time barred by the three-year statute of limitations for postconviction relief actions, and no exceptions to the statute of limitations apply.

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