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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jan 9, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Elaine Heard, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Roderick Sammual Chadwick.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Meredith DeVault, Senior Counsel; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Roger Moore, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Petitioner, Roderick Sammual Chadwick, was convicted by a jury of attempted voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault, for which he received concurrent sentences of twelve years and fifteen years, respectively, as a Range III, career offender. Upon his guilty plea to another count in the indictment, being a felon in possession of a handgun, he received an additional six-year sentence to be served consecutively, for an effective sentence of twentyone years. Following an unsuccessful direct appeal, petitioner filed the instant petition for post-conviction relief. The court denied relief after conducting an evidentiary hearing. This appeal follows, in which petitioner claims multiple instances of ineffective assistance at trial and on direct appeal. Upon our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.