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Court Denies Appeal for Man Who Smothered Wife for Backing into Garage Door

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    April 3, 2014 | 3:40 pm
    WASHINGTON, Iowa -- The Iowa Supreme Court denied the appeal for a Washington County man convicted of killing his wife because she backed into their garage door.

    James Blum, 71, appealed his second-degree murder conviction claiming ineffective counsel.

    Blum is serving a 50 year sentence for killing his wife, 67 year-old Patricia Blum, in 2010. Blum smothered Patricia on their couch after she told him she had backed her car into the garage door.