Iowa court upholds conviction in hammer attack

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled that hitting someone repeatedly with a hammer is enough to merit an attempted murder charge.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/15il4UK ) the court Wednesday upheld the conviction of Ramon Demetrius “A.T.L.” Harper, who argued that there was no evidence he tried to kill a man in a Waterloo convenience store.

The 2009 attack left victim Domonique Turner with severe head injuries. He was in a coma for about a week.

In the ruling, Chief Judge Larry Eisenhauer wrote a reasonable jury could find Harper intended to kill Turner by hitting him “numerous times with the force required to cause the critical injuries Turner sustained.”

Harper argued the mallet he wielded was less dangerous than a claw hammer he could have used.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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