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Case No. 17-1701

State of Iowa
Steve W. Fordyce II

Steve Fordyce seeks further review after the court of appeals affirmed his conviction for voluntary manslaughter. Fordyce contends his actions were justified and the State failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he had an alternative course of action.

Black Hawk
Trial Court Case No.:


State of Iowa


Steve W. Fordyce II

Attorneys for the Resister

Linda J. Hines
Israel J. Kodiaga

Attorney for the Applicant

Christopher Kragnes, Sr.

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Jan 22, 2020 9:00 AM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 06, 2020
Date Amended:
May 14, 2020

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 05, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, David P. Odekirk, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Potterfield, J.  (21 pages)

            Steve Fordyce appeals his conviction after bench trial for voluntary manslaughter.  He claims (1) the State did not present substantial evidence to disprove his justification defense beyond a reasonable doubt, (2) the district court erred in not applying the amended Iowa Code chapter 704 (2017)—also known as the “stand your ground” law—to his case, and (3) his due process rights were violated by the length of time between his trial and the entry of the district court’s verdict.  OPINION HOLDS: Because substantial evidence disproves Fordyce’s justifications of self-defense and defense of others, the district court did not err in refusing to apply the stand your ground law to Fordyce’s case, and we do not find Fordyce’s due process rights were violated due to the delay between trial and the verdict, we affirm his conviction for voluntary manslaughter.

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