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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Feb 9, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Elaine Ann Heard, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Timothy Lamont Thompson.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Meredith DeVault, Senior Counsel; Glenn R. Funk, District Attorney General; and John Wesley King, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Petitioner, Timothy Lamont Thompson, was convicted of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault after a jury trial. The trial court sentenced him as a repeat violent offender to life in prison without the possibility of parole and fifteen years, respectively. After an unsuccessful direct appeal process, petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief. The post-conviction court held an evidentiary hearing and denied relief thereafter. Appealing the denial of relief, petitioner raises the following allegations of ineffective assistance of counsel: (1) failure to request a second preliminary hearing or to explain why this was not possible; (2) failure to schedule a polygraph examination for petitioner; (3) failure to coordinate a physical line-up; (4) questioning petitioner's religious beliefs; and (5) failure to withdraw from petitioner's case upon request. We affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.