from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Kellyann
M. Lekar, Judge.
defendant appeals his convictions for willful injury causing
serious injury and domestic abuse assault.
C. Smith, State Appellate Defender, and Robert P. Ranschau,
Assistant Appellate Defender, for appellant.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Bridget A. Chambers,
Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.
Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Potterfield and Mullins, JJ.
Jackson appeals his convictions for willful injury causing
serious injury, in violation of Iowa Code section 708.4(1)
(2015), and domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury, in
violation of section 708.2A(2)(b). On appeal, Jackson argues
there was insufficient evidence to support his convictions.
Background Facts and Proceedings.
and the complaining witness met on Facebook in July 2015 and
began a romantic relationship. Jackson was twenty-six; the
complaining witness turned eighteen in December 2015. Shortly
after the complaining witness's birthday, Jackson moved
into the house where she lives with her mother. The
complaining witness testified to ongoing domestic violence
from that point forward. She testified Jackson became more
aggressive around April 2016; Jackson would regularly slap
her, stomp on her hands and feet, punch her, push her around,
and pull her hair.
complaining witness testified Jackson assaulted her from
midnight until four or five in the morning on May 11, 2016.
Later that morning, the complaining witness and Jackson
visited a Walmart, where she passed out. An ambulance was
called. A paramedic testified the complaining witness was
uncooperative and denied any domestic violence, stating her
injuries were from being "jumped" by a group of
girls. After returning home, the complaining witness passed
out again. The complaining witness and Jackson walked to a
park, where she passed out a third time. Jackson called an
ambulance, and the complaining witness was transported to the
hospital, the complaining witness was observed overnight for
possible internal bleeding. She was treated for a lacerated
spleen and liver, broken ribs, a broken eye socket, and a
broken nose. Photographs taken at the hospital show her with
two black eyes and extensive bruising on her body.
the complaining witness returned home, she testified Jackson
resumed assaulting her within an hour. She was hospitalized a
second time on May 16 when she began having seizures. The
complaining witness testified Jackson called her at the
hospital, accused her of infidelity, and said he would beat
her again when she returned home.
that call, the complaining witness told hospital staff
Jackson had assaulted her. She asked to speak with the
police, and when she was released from the hospital, she
reported the incident to the Waterloo Police Department.
2016, the State charged Jackson with willful injury causing
serious injury and domestic abuse assault. Jackson was