TRAVIS KINTE ECHOLS v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jan 15, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Joseph Liddell Kirk, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Travis Kinte Echols.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Clark B. Thornton, Senior Counsel; Charme P. Allen, District Attorney General; and Philip H. Morton, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Petitioner, Travis Kinte Echols, was convicted of felony murder perpetrated during the commission of a robbery and was sentenced to life in prison. Following an unsuccessful direct appeal, he petitioned for post-conviction relief from his conviction. The post- conviction court denied relief, and this appeal follows. Petitioner seeks review of four issues: (1) whether trial counsel was ineffective for failure to contemporaneously object to the introduction of character evidence pertaining to the victim; (2) whether the State violated the tenets of Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963), by withholding a witness statement; (3) whether the trial court erred by precluding trial counsel from questioning the primary investigator with regard to the polygraph results of a witness; and (4) whether the trial court erred by sequestering petitioner?s private investigator. Discerning no error, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.