Richter's fiance, Russell Schertz, told News 4 that the family is "disappointed" in the court's decision. He says the family has "faith in God and the justice system that eventually this wrong will be set right."
But, Schertz admits the decision will cost Richter, and her family, "years that they cannot get back."Richter's appeal was what's called a "direct appeal", which means it could only include evidence in the court record from the trial. But, Schertz says he's uncovering new information about "prosecutorial misconduct and witness tampering" that he thinks should allow for a new trial in the future.
For now, Schertz says the family will file an appeal with the Iowa Supreme Court in the next 20 days.
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