EVETTA MAI MCGEE v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Feb 15, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Forest Durard, Jr. (on post-conviction) Shelbyville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Evetta Mai McGee.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General; Robert Carter, District Attorney General; and Michael Randles, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

The petitioner, Evetta Mai McGee, appeals the denial of her petition for post-conviction relief. The petitioner entered an open plea to one count of rape and was subsequently sentenced to a term of eleven years in the Department of Correction. On appeal, she contends that her plea was not entered knowingly and voluntarily because she did not comprehend that a “best interest” plea was actually a plea of guilty. She further contends that her plea was not proper because trial counsel was ineffective in failing to adequately prepare and interview witnesses. Following review of the record, the denial of post-conviction relief is affirmed.

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