End of the line

Iowa Supreme Court rejects King’s appeal

Tanner King

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen has denied a request to take up an appeals case from a Fort Dodge man convicted of the October 2018 slayings of two brothers in Fort Dodge.

Tanner Jon King, 30, submitted an application for further review from the Iowa Supreme Court after the Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed his first-degree murder convictions in July.

Once the Iowa Court of Appeals makes a ruling on a case, the appellate can apply for further review from the state Supreme Court. If the state Supreme Court declines to take on the case, the appeals court’s ruling stands.

Christensen’s order denying the further review was filed on Tuesday. Unlikely to receive a review by the United States Supreme Court, King will continue to serve two consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole. He is incarcerated at the Iowa State Penitentiary at Fort Madison.

King was convicted by a Story County jury in December 2019 of the October 2018 slayings of brothers Marion and El Dominic Rhodes.

The Rhodes brothers were gunned down near downtown Fort Dodge on Oct. 22, 2018. The brothers’ bodies were found in an alley behind King’s apartment building near Second Avenue North and Ninth Street.

King was identified as a suspect, questioned and eventually charged with the double murder.

The trial was moved to Story County after an impartial jury was unable to be selected in Webster County.

After a three-week-long trial, the jury deliberated for about 14 hours before finding King guilty of the two counts of first-degree murder on Dec. 4, 2019. He was later sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

King first appealed his convictions on the grounds that law enforcement failed to follow up on leads that would have led them to conclude another person, Cletio Clark, committed the murders, and that the District Court erred in its decision to not allow testimony from a witness that would have included “word on the street” information about Clark allegedly being the killer.

The Iowa Court of Appeals filed its ruling, affirming King’s two convictions on July 21.


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