Court to hear appeal in Davenport shooting death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of a Davenport man serving 60 years in prison for a 2011 shooting death.

The court said Monday it will hear the appeal of Aki Malik Ross, who was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

Authorities have said Ross shot 19-year-old Joevante Howard, of Davenport, during a confrontation between two groups of people. Ross and a person from the other group both fired their guns.

Ross argues that he should have been allowed to show jurors photographs of gunshot wounds on his body from previous incidents, to support his claim of self-defense. He also argues that his lawyers were ineffective in a number of ways.

The Iowa Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in July.

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