ALONZA GRACE v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Apr 28, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Brandy Lachell Spurgin, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the Defendant-Appellant, Alonza Grace.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Meredith DeVault, Senior Counsel; M. Neal Pinkston, District Attorney General; and Brian S. Finlay, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MCMULLEN

The petitioner, Alonza Grace, appeals from the denial of post-conviction relief, arguing that his guilty plea was not knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently entered because he was under the influence of prescription medication. He further contends that trial counsel was ineffective in failing to request a forensic evaluation to determine his competency and in failing to investigate alleged missing evidence. Upon our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

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