DEMARIO JOHNSON v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Feb 27, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

James P. DeRossitt, IV, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Demario Johnson.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Andrew C. Coulam, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Betsy Weintraub, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Post-conviction petitioner, Demario Johnson, challenges his 2008 conviction of first degree murder and resulting sentence of life imprisonment. On appeal, he alleges the following claims of ineffective assistance of counsel: (1) failure to investigate and present evidence of his mental health history; and (2) failure to challenge the medical examiner’s opinion regarding the victim’s cause of death. Discerning no error, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

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