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Waterloo murder conviction upheld

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -- A man serving time for two counts of First-Degree Murder will remain in jail.

Martaves Deshone Keys was found guilty of two counts of First Degree Murder in the shooting deaths of Ronald Scullark, Jr. and Anissa Schroeder in 2007.

Keys appealed the verdict, claiming the court should have suppressed statements he made to police officers, should have granted him a new trial based on juror misconduct, and erred in giving certain jury instructions. On Wednesday, the Iowa Court of Appeals upheld his conviction.

During the investigation, Keys admitted he was in the vehicle where Scullark and Schroeder were shot to death, but gave different accounts of what happened and denied firing any shots. In a conversation with his girlfriend while in police custody, Keys admitted he shot the two occupants of the vehicle. That conversation was secretly recorded in a police interview room.

Keys argued the trial court should have thrown out statements he made to investigators, claming he did not have the mental capacity to understand his Miranda rights. The court ruled  Keys had sufficient intellectual capacity to understand and waive those rights.

Keys also claimed there was juror misconduct. He said one juror in particular was untruthful in her responses to a jury questionnaire. The man who brought the accusation against the juror had been in jail with Keys and had an extensive criminal background.

Keys is currently serving two consecutive life sentences at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

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