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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 13, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Brandon L. Newman and James B. Webb, Trenton, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jeffery D. Allen.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Senior Counsel; Garry Brown, District Attorney General; Larry Hardister and Hillary Lawler Parham, Assistant District Attorneys General; for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): BIVINS

Jeffery D. Allen (“the Petitioner”) filed for post-conviction relief, challenging his convictions for first degree felony murder, criminally negligent homicide, facilitation of attempted first degree murder, and attempted especially aggravated robbery. As his bases for relief, he alleged several grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel at trial. After an evidentiary hearing, the post-conviction court denied relief, and this appeal followed. On appeal, the Petitioner asserts that trial counsel (1) failed to call two witnesses to testify at trial, (2) failed to adequately cross-examine a witness, and (3) failed to move to sever the Petitioner’s offenses prior to trial. Upon a thorough review of the record, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.