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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Oct 16, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Charles E. Waldman, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Willis Holloway.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Senior Counsel; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Anita Spinetta and Samuel David Winnig, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Petitioner, Willis Holloway, was convicted of two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, and one count of aggravated burglary. He was sentenced to 135 years, and this court affirmed the judgments against him on direct appeal. Petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief, which was denied by the post-conviction court after an evidentiary hearing. On appeal, petitioner has abandoned his original claims for post-conviction relief and now argues that he should be granted a new trial because his trial counsel passed away prior to his post-conviction hearing. He also contends that his constitutional rights were violated by the trial court?s assignment to hear the post-conviction proceeding. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.