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Ottumwa Man Loses Court Appeal in Wife's Slaying
OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — An Ottumwa man convicted of stabbing his wife to death in June 2010 has lost a court appeal.
The Iowa Court of Appeals said in a ruling issued Wednesday that Christopher Johnson failed to prove that his trial counsel was ineffective or that there was insufficient evidence of premeditation.
Johnson was convicted in May 2011 of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Prosecutors say Johnson choked his wife, Anessa Pherigo-Johnson, at their home in June 2010. Then he got a knife from their kitchen and killed her.
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