Convicted murderer files an appeal


MASON CITY, Iowa – A man convicted of murdering his mother has filed an appeal but may need to do it with a different lawyer.  29-year-old Jordan Johnson was sentenced to life in prison in 2008 for first degree murder and kidnapping.  He confessed to killing his mother, Rita Seely, with a hatchet and and locking his stepfather, Phil Seely, in their home’s basement.  Johnson asked the court for post-conviction relief, arguing that his mental state was not fully considered during his trial.  That request was denied in May.  Johnson is now appealing that ruling.  The day after that appeal was filed, Jeffrey Lipman filed a request to withdraw as Johnson’s attorney.

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