Tracey Richter's murder conviction upheld in 2001 shooting of neighbor

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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:00 am

IOWA CITY (AP) — A court on Wednesday upheld the murder conviction of a woman in the 2001 shooting of a neighbor in her Iowa home, rejecting her claim that she acted in self-defense.

The Iowa Court of Appeals said its review of Tracey Richter's case found “substantial evidence” from which jurors could conclude that her killing of 20-year-old Dustin Wehde was not justified. The 3-0 decision means Richter will continue serving the life prison term that she received after Webster County jurors convicted her in a high-profile trial in 2011. (Richter, who had moved to Omaha, was arrested in the city earlier that year.)

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