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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 22, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Zipporah C. Williams, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Nicholas Fletcher.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney General; and Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Robert Ratton, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WOODALL

Petitioner, Nicholas Fletcher, appeals from the post-conviction court’s dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief following an evidentiary hearing. In this appeal, Petitioner argues that his trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance of counsel because trial counsel: (1) failed to investigate concerning certain witnesses at his trial; (2) failed to present Petitioner’s testimony at the pre-trial hearing on the motion to suppress Petitioner’s inculpatory statement to police; and (3) failed to adequately explain to Petitioner the State’s negotiated plea agreement offer. After a thorough review of the record and the briefs of the parties, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction trial court.