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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jan 24, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Matthew D. Wilson, Lewisburg, Tennessee, for the appellant, Rickey Allen Hickman.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Senior Counsel; Robert J. Carter, District Attorney General; and Weakley Edward Barnard, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


A Marshall County jury convicted the Petitioner, Rickey Allen Hickman, of one count of rape of a child and three counts of aggravated sexual battery. The trial court sentenced the Petitioner to a total effective sentence of forty-seven years of incarceration. On appeal, this Court affirmed the Petitioner's convictions. State v. Rickey Allan Hickman, No M2013-02390-CCA-R3-CD, 2014 WL 4557626 (Tenn. Crim. App., at Nashville, Sept. 16, 2014), perm. app. denied (Tenn. Jan. 16, 2015). The Petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief alleging that his trial counsel had been ineffective. The post-conviction court held a hearing after which it denied the petition. On appeal, the Petitioner maintains that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to present a defense asserting that the victim was raped by a person other than the Petitioner. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the post-conviction court's judgment.