Murder conviction appeal denied

CHARLES CITY, Iowa – The Iowa Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of a convicted murderer.

32-year-old James Dean Raymond, of Clarksville, was found guilty of first degree murder in 2006 in the death of 20-year-old Jesse Patchin, of Waterloo.  Patchin disappeared on October 5, 2005.  His body was found in Floyd County in January 2006.  Prosecutors say Raymond stabbed Patchin to death in an argument over drugs.

In his appeal, Raymond argued that prosecutors had withheld evidence during his trial, that his trial attorney was ineffective, and that he was persuaded into not taking the stand in his own defense.  Raymond claims a second trial is deserved because of new evidence.

The Iowa Court of Appeals rejected Raymonds claims, pointing to a district court judge’s decision that the same arguments were without merit in May 2012.  Their decision was filed Wednesday.

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