Court of Appeals upholds N. Iowa murder conviction

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 ( ) 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,

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