from the Iowa District Court for Fayette County, Richard D.
Quijas, Jr. appeals his conviction for attempted murder.
C. Smith, State Appellate Defender, and Martha J. Lucey,
Assistant Appellate Defender, for appellant.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Jean C. Pettinger, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee.
Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ.
VAITHESWARAN, PRESIDING JUDGE.
Quijas, Jr. appeals a judgment for attempted murder. He
contends the district court abused its discretion in
overruling an objection to what he characterizes as other bad
acts evidence. He also raises several ineffective assistance
of counsel claims.
Background Facts and Proceedings
Oelwein Police Department received notice of a package to be
delivered to an address flagged for possible drug activity.
The package contained a toy, which concealed a half-pound of
methamphetamine. Officers took the package to the address.
Abel Quijas, Sr. answered the door. The officers identified
themselves and told him what was inside the package. Quijas,
Sr. said the package was for his son, Abel Quijas, Jr.
officers had Quijas, Sr. call his son. Quijas came, retrieved
the package, and left, followed by the officers, who had been
hiding in a bedroom. Quijas refused to stop as instructed,
got into his vehicle, and revved the motor. One of the
officers braced himself against the hood of the car, withdrew
his firearm, pointed it at Quijas, and yelled,
"Don't do it, don't do it." Quijas looked
at the officer, turned directly into him, and "mashed
State charged Quijas with attempt to commit murder.
See Iowa Code § 707.11 (2013). A jury found him
guilty as charged. This appeal followed.
Other Acts Evidence
trial, the State elicited the following testimony from
Quijas, Sr.: "Q. Before that day had other packages come
to your apartment that your son called you on? A. Yes."
Quijas' attorney interposed an objection, which the court
construed as an objection to the line of questioning. The
court overruled the objection, and the State continued the
questioning as follows:
Q. Mr. Quijas, Sr., the question I . . . asked you, was there
other packages that arrived for your son, the defendant, ...