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Case No. 20-0782

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Jose Morales
State of Iowa


Jose Morales


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Jesse A. Macro, Jr.

Attorney for the Appellee

Genevieve Reinkoester, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 12, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Marshall County, James C. Ellefson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Schumacher, J., and Scott, S.J.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (9 pages)

             Jose Morales appeals the district court’s denial of his postconviction-relief application.  Morales contends his trial attorney was ineffective in failing to (1) object to a portion of the prosecutor’s opening statement; (2) object “to several instances of hearsay”; (3) “investigate the statements of” a person who identified someone else as the shooter; and (4) retain a jury instruction on voluntary manslaughter.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the denial of the postconviction-relief application.   

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