MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a Mason City man who shot a man in a convenience store parking lot.
The court on Thursday rejected the appeal of 33-year-old Jamaal Joshua Leslie, who was convicted of the August 2011 killing of Brandon Crawford.
The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/19iYaSE ) Leslie claimed there wasn’t enough evidence to support his conviction, including that he acted with premeditation in the killing of the 27-year-old Crawford.
The court stated that Leslie had the opportunity to deliberate before he left the porch of a home and confronted Crawford behind a Casey’s General Store.
First-degree murder carries a life sentence in Iowa.
Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/