Iowa Court of Appeals Upholds Ruling in Dubuque Robbery Case

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled to uphold the conviction of a man who robbed a Dubuque bar in 2009.

A Scott County jury convicted Eddie R. Adams in May 2011 for his part in the robbery of Knicker's Saloon. After that robbery, Adam's father, Eddie Chest, shot Dubuque police Lt. Scott Baxter.

A Dubuque County Judge sentenced Adams to 25 years in prison for robbery. He's also serving five years for unlawful possession of a firearm and five years for possession of an offensive weapon.

Adams appealed the conviction on several grounds, including prosecutor misconduct, that the state withheld evidence and that he could not confront his accuser.

Adams claimed prosecutors did not reveal that a witness was awaiting trial on theft charges or that traffic video showed Adams in Dubuque. But the Appeals court ruled the state did not hide the evidence, since the theft charge was public record, and the video was only introduced as rebuttal to Adams testimony, meaning it did not need to be disclosed in advance.

Adams also claimed he could not confront his accuser because of his own father's testimony. Eddie Chest had taken a plea deal in the case, but refused to testify at Adams trial. Instead, the court read Chest's deposition with Adams' attorneys before trial. The court ruled since it was Adams' attorneys questioning chest in the deposition, Adams' right to confront his accuser had not been violated.
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