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Court upholds Kehoe guilty verdict


The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of a Coralville woman who drove her two young sons to a pond near Littleton and cut their throats, killing one of them.

Michelle Kehoe is serving a life sentence for the death of her 2-year-old son Seth. She also is serving a 25 year sentence for the attack on her son Sean, who was 7 at the time.

A Grundy County jury found Michelle Kehoe guilty of First Degree Murder, Attempted Murder and Child Endangerment Causing Serious Injury in November 2009 after less than two hours of deliberation.

Kehoe drove her two sons, Seth and Sean, to the Hook and Liner pond outside of Littleton in rural Buchanan County on October 26, 2008 to carry out a murder-suicide.

Police say she slit the throats of both boys and then her own. Two year-old Seth died as a result of the injuries. Sean survived the attack.

The case was moved from Buchanan County to Grundy County, because the defense and a judge determined through a mock jury that Kehoe could not receive a fair trial in Buchanan County because of pre-trial publicity.

Throughout the course of the trial, jurors heard testimony from an EMT, a clerk at the convenience store she stopped at before the attack, a psychiatrist from the prosecution who says Kehoe is not insane and knew what she was doing and a psychologist for the defense who says that Kehoe's troubled past led to her doing the unthinkable.

Kehoe appealed her conviction, claiming her lawyer was ineffective and failed to object to jury instructions and to challenge constitutional issues related to her case.

The appeals court rejected Kehoe's arguments Wednesday.

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