JALEEL JOVAN STOVALL v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on May 16, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Matthew C. Edwards, Bolivar, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jaleel Jovan Stovall.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Katherine C. Redding, Assistant Attorney General; D. Mike Dunavant, District Attorney General; and Joe Van Dyke, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): HOLLOWAY

The Petitioner, Jaleel Jovan Stovall, was convicted by a Hardeman County jury of rape of a child and received a sentence of twenty-five years at 100% service. The Petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief, which asserted that he was denied effective assistance of counsel. The post-conviction court denied relief. On appeal, the Petitioner argues that trial counsel’s performance was deficient for failing to object to hearsay introduced by the State and for failing to argue that a letter allegedly authored by the Petitioner was not properly authenticated. After a thorough review of the record and applicable case law, we affirm.

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