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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Dec 19, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Stanley K. Pierchoski (on post-conviction), Memphis, Tennessee; Rhonda Hooks-Kendricks (at trial and direct appeal), Columbia, Tennessee, for the appellant, Patrick Pope.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Meredith Devault, Senior Counsel; Mike Bottoms, District Attorney General; and Daniel J. Runde, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

The petitioner, Patrick Pope, appeals the Maury County Circuit Court’s denial of his petition for post-conviction relief. The petitioner is currently serving an effective eleven-year sentence for aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, and aggravated robbery. On appeal, he contends that he was denied his right to the effective assistance of counsel at trial. Specifically, he contends that trial counsel was ineffective by failing to investigate possible alibi witnesses in preparing the case for trial. Following review of the record, we affirm the denial of post-conviction relief.