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Case No. 23-0062

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State of Iowa
Christian William Goyne-Yarns


State of Iowa


Christian William Goyne-Yarns

Attorney for the Appellee

Linda J. Hines, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Jamie Hunter

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 06, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dickinson County, Carl J. Petersen, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Tabor, P.J., and Badding and Buller, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (14 pages)

            Christian Goyne-Yarns appeals his conviction for murder in the first degree of Shelby Woizeschke.  He seeks a new trial, challenging the strength of the State’s proof and a ruling excluding evidence of a handgun, tested at the state crime laboratory but ruled out as the murder weapon.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the State offered overwhelming evidence of Goyne-Yarns’s guilt, we affirm.  And even if we assume exclusion of the gun evidence was erroneous, it was harmless error. 

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