The Iowa Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a Waterloo man convicted of a methodical burglary in Waterloo. One day in late June of 2005, Tammy Wright discovered her Waterloo home had been burglarized and some remaining items had been moved inside, giving the impression the burglar would be coming back for more. Wright was not living in the home at the time, so she boarded up her front door.
The next day, she discovered the front and back doors open and more things inside had been stolen. The next-door neighbor testified that she saw L.C. Pendleton taking the refrigerator out of the home. Pendleton says a trial judge didn’t allow testimony which may have cleared him and pointed the finger of blame at someone else. The Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled Pendleton should get a new trial so that testimony can be heard.