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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 20, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Benjamin L. McGowan, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, Charles Nash.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; William H. Cox, District Attorney General; and Neal Pinkston, Executive Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): BIVINS

Charles Nash (“the Petitioner”) filed a petition for post-conviction relief from his convictions for first degree murder and especially aggravated robbery. After an evidentiary hearing, the post-conviction court denied relief. The Petitioner appealed, claiming that he is entitled to relief because his lawyer provided ineffective assistance of counsel with regard to a motion to suppress, in failing to object to the State’s closing arguments, and in failing to present a defense of duress. Upon our thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.