Blum conviction upheld
DES MOINES — The Iowa Court of Appeals upheld the second-degree murder conviction handed down by a Washington County Court on James Blum, 73, formerly of Washington.
Blum was convicted on Jan. 10, 2011 in a Washington County court of murdering his wife, Patricia Blum. On Feb. 21, he was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
According to an opinion by the Hon. Gayle Vogel, Blum’s argument that his attorney, John Robertson of Iowa City, should have argued he didn’t act with malice was meritless because the evidence showed that he held his wife’s head to a couch.
On Jan. 11, 2010, Patricia Blum was found unresponsive in the couple’s home at 1009 E. Washington St. During an interview with Sgt. Lyle Hansen of the Washington Police Department later that day, Blum said that he held his wife down on the couch “2 to 3 minutes, maybe 5.” The couple had been arguing because Patricia Blum had accidentally backed her vehicle into the garage door of the residence.
The Associated Press contributed to this story