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Case No. 20-1681

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State of Iowa
Mark David Hotzler


State of Iowa


Mark David Hotzler

Attorney for the Appellee

Zachary Miller, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Josh Irwin, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 23, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pocahontas County, Kurt J. Stoebe, Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and May, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (4 pages)

            After representing himself, Mark Hotzler received guilty verdicts for two counts of stalking as a third or subsequent offense, two counts of first-degree harassment, and one count of third-degree burglary.  Now he requests a new trial, arguing he did not validly waive his right to counsel.  The State agrees.  OPINION HOLDS: Hotzler’s waiver was invalid.  We reverse and remand for a new trial.

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