Iowa Court Upholds Conviction in Hammer Attack

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By Katie Stinson

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled that hitting someone repeatedly with a hammer is enough to merit an attempted murder charge.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports 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."

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