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Case No. 23-0776

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State of Iowa
Aaron Gary Whittle



State of Iowa


Aaron Gary Whittle

Attorney for the Appellee

Olivia D. Brooks, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Maria Ruhtenberg, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 24, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Winneshiek County, Laura Parrish, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J. (10 pages)

            Defendant appeals his conviction for second-degree murder, asserting the district court should not have admitted certain evidence.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the district court did not abuse its discretion in admitting evidence of deceased cattle and farm equipment in disuse and disrepair.  And even if the admission of the evidence were in error, such admission was harmless in the face of overwhelming evidence of the defendant’s guilt.  We affirm.

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