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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Nov 22, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Andrea D. Sipes (on appeal), Jackson, Tennessee; and Terry Dycus (at post-conviction hearing), Somerville, Tennessee, for appellant, Jose Luis Vizcaino-Ramos.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Attorney General and Reporter; Meredith DeVault, Senior Counsel; D. Michael Dunavant, District Attorney General; and Joe Van Dyke, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Petitioner, Jose Luis Vizcaino-Ramos, was convicted by a Hardeman County jury of first degree premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison. His direct appeal was unsuccessful. See State v. Jose Luis Vizcaino-Ramos, No. W2010-01325-CCA-R3-CD, 2011 WL 3330294, at *1 (Tenn. Crim. App. Aug. 3, 2011), perm. app. denied (Tenn. Nov. 16, 2011). Petitioner subsequently pursued post-conviction relief, which was denied by the postconviction court. On appeal, petitioner contends that he received ineffective assistance of counsel at trial when trial counsel failed to properly investigate his case and failed to request a mental evaluation for appellant. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the postconviction court.