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Eldon murderer loses appeal

Ricky Keasling was convicted in May 2016 of First-Degree Murder in the death of Darrell Teeter. (KTVO file)

An Iowa appellate court has refused to overturn an Eldon, Iowa, man's murder conviction.

Ricky Keasling was convicted in May 2016 of First-Degree Murder in the death of Darrell Teeter.

A Wapello County jury believed that Keasling had murdered Teeter in his Eldon baitshop in an attempt to obtain hydrocodone.

Keasling appealed his conviction on several grounds.

His primary avenue of appeal was the refusal of the court to let Brad McClure testify in Keasling's defense.

McClure was to be an alibi witness, but the trial judge ruled that McClure's testimony would be inadmissible as hearsay.

Keasling can still ask the Iowa Supreme Court to review his case.

For now, he continues to serve his life sentence at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

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