TBALink Opinion-Flash

April 09, 1997 -- Volume #3 -- Number #041

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DEMETRICE LEJUAN BAKER
vs.
STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:   

For the Appellant:                  For the Appellee:

Robert N. Meeks                     John Knox Walkup
Parklon Building, Suite Six         Attorney General and Reporter
4548 Brainerd Road  
Chattanooga, TN  37411              Eugene J. Honea
                                    Assistant Attorney General                          
                                    Criminal Justice Division
                                    450 James Robertson Parkway
                                    Nashville, TN 37243-0493                
                        
                                    William H. Cox III
                                    District Attorney General

                                    Yolanda Mitchell
                                    Asst. District Attorney General
                                    Courts Building, 600 Market St
                                    Chattanooga, TN 37402                       

Judge: Hayes

First Paragraph:

On June 15, 1992, the appellant, Demetrice Lajuan Baker, pled guilty
in the Hamilton County Criminal Court to first degree murder,
especially aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and theft of
property.  The trial court imposed concurrent sentences of life
imprisonment, twenty-five years, twelve years, and four years
respectively.  On November 21, 1994, the appellant filed a petition
for post-conviction relief.  The post-conviction court appointed
counsel, who, on May 31, 1995, filed an amended petition.  On
September 6, 1995, the post-conviction court conducted an evidentiary
hearing and dismissed the appellant's petition.  On appeal, the
appellant alleges ineffective assistance of counsel, specifically
contending that trial counsel failed to adequately investigate
evidence that the appellant was intoxicated at the time of the murder.
The State asserts that the appellant has failed to carry his burden
of proof. Following a thorough review of the record, we affirm the
post-conviction court's dismissal of the appellant's petition.
AFFIRMED.

URL:http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/BAKERDL_OPN.WP6

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