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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Feb 17, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Brandon T. Kibert, Tazewell, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Tony Fulton Wells.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; Jared Effler, District Attorney General; and Tyler Hurst, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

The petitioner, Tony Fulton Wells, was initially charged with first degree (premeditated) murder, and he later pled guilty to second degree murder, a Class A felony. He filed a petition for post-conviction relief, which was denied. On appeal, he argues that his guilty plea was not knowing and voluntary because it was coerced. He also argues that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel because trial counsel failed to have a hearing to suppress his written confessions; failed to obtain more time for him to consider the plea agreement; failed to interview the petitioner?s neighbor; failed to investigate the crime scene; and failed to explain adequately the law or to listen to the petitioner. Following our review of the record, the briefs of the parties, and the applicable law, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.