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Court Upholds Conviction in Hammer Attack

THE IOWA COURT OF APPEALS HAS RULED THAT HITTING SOMEONE REPEATEDLY WITH A HAMMER IS ENOUGH TO MERIT AN ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE.

THE COURT WEDNESDAY UPHELD THE CONVICTION OF RAMON DEMETRIUS ``A.T.L.'' HARPER, WHO ARGUED THAT THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE HE TRIED TO KILL A MAN IN A WATERLOO CONVENIENCE STORE.

THE 2009 ATTACK LEFT VICTIM DOMONIQUE TURNER WITH SEVERE HEAD INJURIES. HE WAS IN A COMA FOR ABOUT A WEEK.

IN THE RULING, CHIEF JUDGE LARRY EISENHAUER WROTE A REASONABLE JURY COULD FIND HARPER INTENDED TO KILL TURNER BY HITTING HIM ``NUMEROUS TIMES WITH THE FORCE REQUIRED TO CAUSE THE CRITICAL INJURIES TURNER SUSTAINED.''

HARPER ARGUED THE MALLET HE WIELDED WAS LESS DANGEROUS THAN A CLAW HAMMER HE COULD HAVE USED.

 

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