Appeals Court Upholds Spirit Lake Man’s Murder Conviction

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the life sentence of a Dickinson County man in the shooting death of a woman outside a Milford medical staffing office in 2022.

Christian Goyne-Yarns of Spirit Lake was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Shelby Woizeschke in the parking lot of her workplace. Woizeschke was the mother of his two children, but they were separated. Goyne-Yarns appealed, saying there was not enough evidence to support his conviction or to show he planned the shooting ahead of time.

The Court of Appeals ruling says there was some evidence missing from the case, including the gun, but Woizeschke’s 9-1-1 call identifying Goyne-Yarns as the shooter and corroborating surveillance video was substantial evidence to uphold the conviction.

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