L.B. RITTENBERRY, JR. v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Apr 5, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jennifer Hall, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, L.B. Rittenberry, Jr.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Alexander C. Vey, Assistant Attorney General; Glenn R. Funk, District Attorney General; and Brian Ewald, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): EASTER

Petitioner, L.B. Rittenberry, Jr., was convicted of second degree murder despite his claim of self-defense. He appeals the denial of his petition for post-conviction relief, which alleged ineffective assistance of trial counsel. Petitioner argues that the post-conviction court erred by finding that he was not prejudiced by trial counsel’s failure to adequately investigate the victim’s prior history of violence. We affirm the decision of the post- conviction court.