The Iowa Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision in the conviction of Terry Cobbins for the murder of Teresa Miller. Cobbins sought to overturn his conviction of first degree murder based on insufficient evidence. He claimed he did not commit the murder and specifically asserts a lack of corroboration for the testimony of would-be accomplice Bernard Bussey. Cobbins asked for a new trial based on ineffective assistance of counsel and improper impeachment. The Court stated the the opinion is affirmed, and say:
“Because we find sufficient proof that Cobbins murdered Teresa Miller, including facts independent of Bussey’s testimony, we affirm. Because the record contains strong corroboration, we reject Cobbins’s ineffective-assistance claims concerning accomplice testimony. We also find any error in the district court’s admission of Cobbins’s prior conviction for absence from custody to be harmless. We reserve Cobbins’s claim that counsel breached an essential duty by allowing the jury to learn of his prior theft offenses for a postconviction relief action.
Teresa Miller’s husband, Michael Miller, was also convicted of the the murder in a separate trial.
Marion County Attorney Ed Bull told KNIA/KRLS: “I am pleased with the outcome of the Court of Appeals decision but mindful that doesn’t mean we have heard the last of Terry Cobbins. I am certain he will exhaust all of his appeal rights on the State level and then move through the Federal System attempting to reverse the will of the jury. I am mindful that each one of the legal challenges is difficult for the surviving members of Mrs. Millers’ family. I continue to hope that Theresa’s memory is that of a great sister, mother and grandmother who cared deeply about her family, and not that her life was cut short by an act of horrific violence by two cold hearted murderers.”