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Iowa court sides with state in Veal murder case

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DES MOINES (AP) -- The Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled against a woman who was 14 when she killed a retired Waterloo librarian.

Ruth Ann Veal, now 31, was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1993 death of Catherine Haynes and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The Iowa Supreme Court and 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld Veal's conviction.

In 2008, Veal challenged the conviction in state court on errors of law. In response, the state cited a three-year limitation.

Veal argued the law had changed since her sentencing. She cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling forbidding the death penalty for those under 18 at the time of the crime.

In Wednesday's ruling, the appeals court says that case was strictly a death penalty case and Iowa has no death penalty.

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