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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Dec 29, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Elaine Heard, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Christopher M. Black.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Senior Counsel; Victor S. Johnson, District Attorney General; and Roger Moore, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): HOLLOWAY

In 2006, the Petitioner, Christopher M. Black, was convicted by a Davidson County jury of two counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated robbery, for which the Petitioner received an effective sentence of fifty years in the Department of Correction. On direct appeal, this court affirmed the Petitioner?s convictions and sentence. Thereafter, the Petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief, which was denied following a hearing. On appeal from the denial of post-conviction relief, the Petitioner contends that he received ineffective assistance of counsel based upon trial counsel?s failure to hire a DNA expert to analyze the evidence against the Petitioner. Following our review, we affirmed the judgment of the post-conviction court. Thereafter, the Tennessee Supreme Court granted the Petitioner?s application for permission to appeal and remanded the matter to the post-conviction court for the entry of a supplemental order denying the petition. The post-conviction court complied with the remand order and filed a supplemental order with this court. Upon reconsideration of the Petitioner?s case, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.