MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) A Cerro Gordo County district judge has denied a request for freedom from a Mason City man convicted in the hatchet death of his mother.
The Globe Gazette reports that Judge DeDra Schroeder on Wednesday denied 29-year-old Jordon Johnson’s request for post-conviction relief.
Johnson is serving life for first-degree murder for killing his mother, Rita Sealy, by hitting her several times with a hatchet on Jan. 19, 2008. Johnson was also found guilty of second-degree kidnapping for locking his stepfather, Phil Sealy, in the basement.
The judge dismissed Johnson’s claims that his trial attorneys were ineffective.