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Case No. 22-0719

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State of Iowa
Fredrick Williams


State of Iowa


Fredrick Williams

Attorney for the Appellee

Bridget A. Chambers, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Elizabeth Araguas and Bryan Mugge

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 06, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, David P. Odekirk, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Bower, C.J., Chicchelly, J., and Gamble, S.J.  Opinion by Gamble, S.J.  (23 pages)

            Fredrick Williams appeals his convictions for first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse, challenging evidentiary rulings and the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the verdicts.  OPINION HOLDS: Because we find the most of challenged statements are either non-hearsay or fall under the exception to the rule against hearsay for then-existing mental, emotional, or physical conditions; the probative value of the evidence of prior bad acts on the issue of intent is not substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice or proof that Williams had a bad character or propensity for violence; that the few pieces of admitted hearsay evidence did not affect Williams’s substantial rights; and because we find substantial evidence supports both convictions, we affirm.

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