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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 20, 2013

Head Comment: CORRECTION: The trial court judge changed from Craft to Beasley.

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Lance R. Chism, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Marcus Norwood.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Rachel E. Willis, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General, and Stacy McEndree, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): SMITH

Petitioner, Marcus Norwood, entered an Alford plea to second degree murder in Shelby County in October of 2010, with an agreed sentence of twenty-five years. Subsequently, Petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief in which he alleged that he received ineffective assistance of counsel which adversely affected his decision to enter a guilty plea. The post-conviction court denied relief. Petitioner appealed. After a review of the evidence, we conclude that Petitioner has failed to establish that counsel’s performance was deficient or that the voluntariness of the guilty plea was affected by the actions of counsel. Accordingly, the judgment of the post-conviction court is affirmed.