IA SUPCO to hear Pottawattamie County Attempted Murder Case


November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court has granted a request for a review of a case involving a Pottawattamie County man convicted of attempted murder. According to the Council Bluffs Daily Non Pareil, the decision was made by the court last week, in the case against Craig Finney, of Macedonia, who pleaded guilty in Nov. 2011, to the attempted murder of Patricia Harker, of Minden. Finney shot the woman, with whom he had a failed romantic relationship, during an altercation in June, 2011. Another man in the home hide a in the bathroom during the shooting, and narrowly missed being shot when a bullet passed through the door.

Finney was apprehended June 17th near the Lake of the Ozarks, in Missouri. He was later sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in prison. He remains at the Clarinda Correctional Facility. Court documents say during his appeal of the guilty plea and sentence, Finney argued he received ineffective counsel because a factual basis to support the charge of attempted murder hadn’t been established. The court of appeals ruled in favor of Finney, and the Iowa Attorney General appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has now followed suite in granting a review of the case, but no decision on whether the or not the justices will hear oral arguments, has been made. The court also hasn’t scheduled a date for hearing the case, just yet.