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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jan 27, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Laural Hemenway, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Christopher Earl Watts.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney General; Glenn Funk, District Attorney General; and Katrin Miller, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): DYER

The petitioner, Christopher Earl Watts, appeals the denial of post-conviction relief from his convictions for aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect, for which he received an effective sentence of seventy-five years. On appeal, the petitioner argues trial counsel provided ineffective counsel by failing to fully explain the nature and consequences of waiving his right to testify, failing to call certain witnesses, and failing to file a motion in limine to exclude evidence regarding living in the “projects” and “on the streets.” Due to the cumulative effect of this allegedly ineffective representation, the petitioner requests a new trial. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.