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Appeal denied for Osky mom convicted of murder

The Iowa Appeals Court handed down the decision in the case of Alicia Ritenour on Wednesday. (KTVO file)

An appeals court has let stand the conviction of an Oskaloosa mom who killed her 18-month-old daughter.

The Iowa Appeals Court handed down the decision in the case of Alicia Ritenour on Wednesday.

Ritenour was convicted of First-Degree Murder in the January 2014 death of Ava Ritenour.

Ava died from multiple fractures of the skull.

In her appeal, Ritenour claimed the district court improperly excluded evidence that another adult living in the apartment was withdrawing from methamphetamine use at the time of the killing.

She also claims her trial counsel was ineffective for failing to object to testimony of statements by the prosecutor in closing argument suggesting she had lied to authorities.

The majority of the court denied those claims.

Chief Judge David Danilson wrote the dissenting opinion.

Danilson said that testimony of meth use by the roommate should have be allowed and that he would have ordered a new trial.

Ritenour is serving a life sentence.

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