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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Feb 4, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Gregory David Allen (on appeal) and Charles S. Mitchell (at post-conviction hearing), Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Dwayne Williams.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Jeffrey D. Zentner, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Kenya N. Smith, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Petitioner, Dwayne Williams, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery and was sentenced to eight years in confinement. Petitioner filed the instant petition for post- conviction relief, and following an evidentiary hearing, the post-conviction court denied relief. On appeal, petitioner argues that: (1) his guilty plea was not knowingly and voluntarily entered; (2) he received ineffective assistance of counsel when counsel failed to file a motion to suppress and failed to investigate a potential plea offer; and (3) he was denied a full and fair hearing on his ineffective assistance of counsel claims against his first counsel. After our review of the parties’ briefs, the record, and the applicable law, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.