Iowan convicted of murder says victim wanted to be killed
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - -
A 45-year-old inmate convicted of murder 17 years ago in Mason City has filed another appeal, saying the victim was suicidal and wanted to be killed.
Michael Weatherspoon was convicted of stabbing 55-year-old Jerry Dean on March 4, 1998, in Dean's room at the Willow Inn Motel after arguing about paying an exotic dancer. Weatherspoon says he acted in self-defense.
The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1gPXZ6n ) that Weatherspoon says in his appeal that his attorney didn't investigate Dean's mental health records and says there's new evidence Dean had attempted suicide. Weatherspoon also says Dean was trying to get Weatherspoon to kill him when Dean grabbed a knife and started the altercation.
Weatherspoon is serving a life sentence at Anamosa State Penitentiary. He lost two previous requests for post-conviction relief.
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