from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Kellyann
M. Lekar, Judge.
Stigler appeals from his convictions for attempted murder,
willful injury, going armed with intent, domestic abuse
assault with intent to cause serious injury, domestic abuse
assault causing bodily injury, and false imprisonment.
C. Smith, State Appellate Defender, and Stephan J. Japuntich,
Assistant Appellate Defender, for appellant.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Kyle Hanson, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee.
Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Potterfield and Bower, JJ.
DANILSON, Chief Judge.
Stigler appeals from his convictions after a bench trial for
attempted murder, in violation of Iowa Code section 707.11
(2015); willful injury, in violation of section 708.4; going
armed with intent, in violation of section 708.8; domestic
abuse assault with intent to cause serious injury, in
violation of section 708.2A(2)(c); domestic abuse assault
causing bodily injury, in violation of section 708.2A(2)(b);
and false imprisonment, in violation of section 710.7.
Stigler asserts the district court erred in finding Stigler
possessed the requisite specific intent during the commission
of the crimes and overruling Stigler's motion for
judgment of acquittal. Stigler also contends the district
court erred in allowing the admission of hearsay statements.
Because we find the district court did not err in either
respect, we affirm.
Background Facts & Proceedings.
evening of March 23, 2015, Officer Greg Kemp responded to the
home where Stigler and his significant other, Angelina
O'Connell, were living. Sherry
Johnson-O'Connell's friend who was staying at the
residence-called 911 to report she believed Stigler was
trying to kill O'Connell. When Officer Kemp entered the
house, he located Stigler and O'Connell in a bedroom.
O'Connell's clothing was very bloody, and she
appeared to have stab wounds. At the hospital, it was
confirmed O'Connell had fifteen stab wounds to her face,
torso, chest, side, and legs. Stigler cooperated with Officer
Kemp and admitted he had stabbed O'Connell. As stated by
the district court, during an interview with investigators at
the police department following the assault:
Stigler gave a highly detailed description of the events and
history leading up to this incident, as well as a detailed
description of how he had stabbed, cut, and hit Ms.
O'Connell. Stigler asserted the incident came about
because he believed Ms. O'Connell was not telling him the
truth. In the recording of the interview, Mr. Stigler
repeatedly states he intended to kill her if she did not tell
him the truth.
bench trial commenced on April 13, 2016. Stigler raised the
diminished responsibility defense. Stigler called two expert
witnesses-Dr. Arthur H. Konar and Dr. Thomas Gratzer-in
support of his argument he did not possess the mental
capacity to form specific intent at the time of the crimes.
July 8, 2016 order, the district court determined the State
established the elements of all the crimes charged, including
specific intent, and found Stigler guilty on all counts.
Diminished Responsibility. Stigler first contends the
district court erred in overruling the motion for judgment of
acquittal because there is insufficient evidence to ...