SAMUEL RYAN HAWKINS v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Nov 26, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

G. Jeff Cherry, Lebanon, Tennessee, for the appellant, Samuel Ryan Hawkins.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clark B. Thornton, Assistant Attorney General; Randall A. York, District Attorney General; and Beth Willis and Anthony Craighead, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

The Petitioner, Samuel Ryan Hawkins, appeals from the denial of his petition for post-conviction relief attacking his conviction for aggravated child abuse. On appeal, the Petitioner contends that the post-conviction court erred in denying relief because trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance of counsel by failing to obtain an expert witness to rebut the State’s theory of shaken baby syndrome. Following our review, we affirm the denial of relief.

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