Van Hemert loses appeal

An Oskaloosa man convicted of murdering a William Penn basketball player has lost his appeal.  You’ll remember Luke Van Hemert was found guilty of second degree murder in 2019 for killing Marquis Todd in 2018.  Van Hemert appealed that conviction, saying he should have immunity because of Iowa’s Stand Your Ground law…and also that his counsel was ineffective and there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him.  The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld Van Hemert’s conviction.  He was sentenced to 50 years in prison.


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