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Man Convicted in Mom's Hatchet Death Denied Relief

Updated: 05/30/2014 10:48 AM
Created: 05/30/2014 10:29 AM KAALtv.com

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Cerro Gordo County district judge has denied a request for freedom from a Mason City man convicted in the hatchet death of his mother.

The Globe Gazette reports that Judge DeDra Schroeder on Wednesday denied 29-year-old Jordon Johnson's request for post-conviction relief.

Johnson is serving life for first-degree murder for killing his mother, Rita Sealy, by hitting her several times with a hatchet on Jan. 19, 2008. Johnson was also found guilty of second-degree kidnapping for locking his stepfather, Phil Sealy, in the basement.

The judge dismissed Johnson's claims that his trial attorneys were ineffective.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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5/30/2014 10:13:34 AM (GMT -5:00)

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