STEVEN BERNARD SYDNOR v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jan 26, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Richard C. Strong (on appeal) and M. James Pulido (at hearing), Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Steven Bernard Sydnor.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Senior Counsel; Glenn Funk, District Attorney General; and Sarah Davis, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): EASTER

Petitioner, Steven Bernard Sydnor, appeals the denial of his petition for post-conviction relief from his Davidson County Criminal Court convictions for second degree murder and theft of property valued over $1000. Petitioner alleges that he received ineffective assistance of counsel in that trial counsel failed to discuss trial strategy with him and failed to present assisted suicide to the jury as a defense theory. Upon our review of the record, we affirm the decision of the post-conviction court.