Iowa Supreme Court to hear Ped Mall shooter’s appeal tonight


Joseph Cress

Lamar Wilson of Iowa City sits in the court room during a case management hearing for Lamar Wilson vs. Johnson County in the Johnson County courthouse on Oct. 27, 2017. Wilson’s lawyers asked the judge to dismiss charges against him using Iowa’s “stand your ground” defense.

Kayli Reese, Managing News Editor

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tonight on the appeal of an Iowa City man who was sentenced after fatally shooting one man and injuring two others on the Pedestrian Mall in 2017.

Justices will hear arguments on Lamar Wilson’s appeal at 7 p.m. tonight at the Muscatine High School.

Wilson is appealing his sentences for voluntary manslaughter, two counts of assault with the intent to cause serious injury, and intimidation with a dangerous weapon, according to the Iowa Judicial Branch website.

Wilson argues he should’ve received a pretrial hearing regarding his immunity from prosecution because of his claim of self-defense using the “stand your ground” law. His claim to immunity under the then-new law was rejected.

A ruling will not be made tonight, but instead will be announced in a written opinion later.