Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Dangerous Weapon Verdict In Shooting

The Supreme Court courtroom in the Judicial Branch Building in Des Moines.

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Des Moines man on an intimidation with a dangerous weapon charge, dismissing an appeal alleging the jury's verdict was inconsistent and should be thrown out.

The court decision lets stand the June 2012 jury verdict that convicted 26-year-old Marshaun Merrett and sent him to prison for 12 years.

The jury found Merrett guilty of intimidation with a dangerous weapon but answered "no" to a verdict form question of whether Merrett possessed a dangerous weapon. His attorney appealed the verdict as inconsistent.

The justices found the jury concluded he was involved in the incident but may not have been the shooter making the verdict consistent with jury instructions.

The charges stem from a vehicle shooting in November 2011 in Des Moines.
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