PRESTON RUCKER v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 26, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jake R. Hayes, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Preston Rucker.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Tracy L. Alcock, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Joshua Corman, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

The petitioner, Preston Rucker, seeking post-conviction relief, argued that trial/appellate counsel was ineffective because he failed to call a certain witness to contradict the victim?s testimony and failed to request a jury instruction regarding the kidnapping charge against the petitioner. Following an evidentiary hearing, the post-conviction court concluded that the petitioner failed to show that counsel was ineffective. We have carefully reviewed the matter and affirm the order denying relief to the petitioner.

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