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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 14, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Morgan E. Smith (on appeal) and Andrew Beasley (at hearing), Nashville, Tennessee, for Petitioner, Kenzo A. Quezergue.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Lacy Wilber, Senior Counsel; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Bret Gunn, Assistant District Attorney General, for Respondent, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): EASTER

Petitioner, Kenzo A. Quezergue, was indicted in Davidson County for first degree felony murder and employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. Petitioner pled guilty to the lesser included offense of second degree murder in exchange for a sentence of forty years, to be served at 100% as a violent offender. Petitioner filed a timely petition for post-conviction relief alleging, inter alia, that he received ineffective assistance of counsel. After a hearing, the post-conviction court denied relief, finding that Petitioner had not proven his claims by clear and convincing evidence. Upon thorough review of the record, we agree. The judgment of the post-conviction court is affirmed.