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Jamaal Leslie loses another appeal in his murder case

This news story was published on August 16, 2017.
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Jamaal Leslie nabbed on August 9, 2011 after throwing gun used in murder of Brandon Crawford.

DES MOINES – A convicted murderer from Mason City has lost an appeal in his case.

On June 2, 2012, a jury found Jamaal Leslie guilty of first-degree murder for shooting Brandon Crawford to death on August 9, 2011.

On direct appeal, his conviction was affirmed in 2014.

Leslie appealed again, this time on the denial of his application for postconviction relief (PCR), claiming his PCR counsel was ineffective. Specifically, Leslie claims in this appeal that his PCR counsel failed to fully develop the record regarding his claim that his trial counsel was ineffective.

However, the Iowa Court of Appeals concluded that Leslie’s PCR counsel did not fail to perform an essential duty and rejected his claim of ineffective assistance of counsel and affirmed the PCR court’s denial of his application for PCR.

Leslie remains incarcerated in the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, serving his life sentence.


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2 Responses to Jamaal Leslie loses another appeal in his murder case

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    Dick Neely Reply Report comment

    August 17, 2017 at 10:04 am

    “Boo hoo, I know I killed another human, but its not fair. My lawyer wasn’t very good”
    Shut the funk up!

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    August 17, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Enough is enough. Hang this clown and stop wasting tax dollars.