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State v. Lira

Court of Appeals of Iowa

October 25, 2017

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
ALEJANDRO ANDRES LIRA, Defendant-Appellant.

         Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, Henry Latham II, Judge.

         Defendant appeals his convictions for robbery in the first degree and attempted murder. AFFIRMED.

          Mark C. Smith, State Appellate Defender, and Robert P. Ranschau, Assistant Appellate Defender, for appellant.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Martha E. Trout, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.

          Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ.

          BOWER, Judge.

         Alejandro Lira appeals his convictions for robbery in the first degree and attempted murder. We find Lira's convictions are supported by substantial evidence. We affirm his convictions.

         I. Background Facts & Proceedings

         Lira and Michael Dewispelaere were associated drug dealers in the Quad Cities area. Dewispelaere would sell drugs to Lira, and Lira would repay him with cash or different drugs. Late in July 2015, Dewispelaere gave Lira two pounds of marijuana. Lira did not pay the full purchase price at the time of the exchange and was expected to pay about $5000 to Dewispelaere when Lira sold the marijuana. After about a week, Lira informed Dewispelaere he had been robbed and was unable to pay.

         At the beginning of August, Lira wanted to buy five pounds of marijuana from Dewispelaere. Lira hoped to make enough reselling it he would be able to repay Dewispelaere for the earlier sale. The parties met twice, but the sale never occurred due to mistrust on both sides. After the sale fell through, Lira texted Dewispelaere stating, "You made me look like a straight jerk, bro, " and "I'm not even going to fake the funk with you, bro. I feel so disrespected by the way you did that."

         On August 11, 2015, Lira texted Dewispelaere stating, "I got that bread for you now, " which Dewispelaere believed meant Lira was ready to pay him for the earlier sale. Lira asked Dewispelaere to pick him up, which Dewispelaere did at about 10:00 p.m. Lira made some calls on his cell phone as they were traveling.

         He stated he needed to pick up some cocaine, which Dewispelaere believed Lira intended to give him in partial payment of his debt. Lira told Dewispelaere to stop at an apartment complex in West Davenport. Dewispelaere testified, when he stopped a man jumped into the backseat of his vehicle and pointed a gun at his head, saying he was going to kill Dewispelaere. Dewispelaere stated Lira told him they intended to rob him and also stated, "This is what happens when you disrespect me." Dewispelaere was told to drive to his home, where the robbers believed he had drugs and cash. Another vehicle followed Dewispelaere's vehicle.

         Rather than drive to his home, Dewispelaere drove to the police station in DeWitt. He was familiar with its location as he had opened an account at a bank across the street a week earlier. Dewispelaere purposely drove his vehicle into the rear end of a squad car parked in front of the station. Dewispelaere testified Lira said, "Do it, " and the third man fired four shots. All three men got out of the vehicle. The shooter got into the vehicle that had been following them and left the area. Dewispelaere stated he saw Lira running away so he tackled him. After hitting Lira a few times, Dewispelaere realized he had been shot. Lira was able to get up and run away. Officer Jeff Williams came out of the police station and found Dewispelaere bleeding profusely. Dewispelaere was taken to the hospital, where doctors found a bullet had traveled through his shoulder and was lodged in his jaw.

         Lira called his girlfriend, Haley Sacakli, and asked her to pick him up in DeWitt. He stated he was unfamiliar with DeWitt and needed Sacakli to download an app so she could find him through his cell phone. His clothes were covered in blood when he got in Sacakli's vehicle. Lira went to his parents' house, where he burned his clothes. Lira's ...


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