Iowa high court denies appeal in smothering death

WASHINGTON, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has denied the appeal of an eastern Iowa man who smothered his wife in 2010 during an argument.

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV reports ( that the state’s high court on Friday rejected James Blum’s argument that the Iowa Court of Appeals should have found that his trial lawyer was ineffective.

The Iowa Court of Appeal upheld Blum’s second-degree murder conviction earlier this year.

Blum told police that he held Patricia Blum’s face down against a cushion until she died and should’ve let her up but didn’t because he was so angry. Police say he attacked his wife after she told him she backed a car into their garage door.

Blum is serving a 50-year prison term. He’s now 73.


Information from: KCRG-TV,

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