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Case No. 21-1129

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William Dorsie Beeman
v.
State of Iowa

Appellants

William Dorsie Beeman

Appellee

State of Iowa

Attorneys for Appellants

Joshua A. Tepfer
Tricia J. Rojo Bushnell
Erica A. Nichols Cook

Attorneys for Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
21-1129
Date Published:
Jul 20, 2022
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Muscatine County, Mark Fowler, Judge.  AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED.  Considered by Greer, P.J., Ahlers, J., and Mullins, S.J.*  Opinion by Mullins, S.J.  (11 pages)

            William Beeman appeals the summary disposition of his application for postconviction relief, claiming the district court erred in granting summary disposition on the basis that the application was premature.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the State was not entitled to judgment as a matter of law on the basis cited by the district court.  With the exception of Beeman’s claim relating to the State’s alleged destruction of biological evidence, we find the entry of summary disposition was proper as either time-barred by the statute of limitations or already the subject of a final adjudication in another proceeding Beeman has taken to secure relief, as was alternatively argued by the State in the district court.  We reverse the entry of summary disposition on the destruction-of-evidence claim, affirm the entry of summary disposition on all other claims, and remand for further proceedings. 

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