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Case No. 23-0447

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Zachary Alfred Hayes
State of Iowa



Zachary Alfred Hayes


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Leslie G. Peters

Attorney for the Appellee

Martha E. Trout and Scott Brown, Assistant Attorneys General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 06, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cedar County, Joel W. Barrows, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Schumacher, J., and Blane, S.J.  Buller, J., takes no part.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (7 pages)

            Zachary Hayes appeals the district court’s denial of his application for postconviction relief.  He asserts ineffective assistance of trial counsel, arguing counsel failed to challenge the sufficiency of the evidence on one count and failed to request jury instructions on lesser-included offenses.  OPINION HOLDS: As Hayes failed to show ineffective assistance of counsel regarding the sufficiency-of-the-evidence claim and failed to preserve error on the jury-instructions claim, we affirm the district court’s denial of the application for postconviction relief.  And we do not address the ineffective assistance of postconviction counsel.

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