WASHINGTON — The Iowa Supreme Court has denied the appeal of an eastern Iowa man who smothered his wife in 2010 during an argument.
The state’s high court on Friday rejected James Blum’s argument that the Iowa Court of Appeals should have found that his trial lawyer was ineffective.
The Iowa Court of Appeals upheld Blum’s second-degree murder conviction earlier this year.
Blum told police that he held Patricia Blum’s face down against a cushion until she died and should have let her up but didn’t because he was so angry. Police said he attacked his wife after she told him she backed a car into their garage door.
Blum, 73, is serving a 50-year prison term. — AP
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