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Appellant was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. The trial court imposed two death sentences after finding several aggravating factors. The Supreme Court affirmed on direct appeal. After Appellant's initial motion for postconviction relief was denied, Appellant filed a motion for DNA testing, which was also denied. Appellant subsequently filed in federal court a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, which was denied. Appellant then filed a successive postconviction motion, claiming that the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Public Policy Statement defining addiction as a brain disorder was newly discovered evidence which, if presented to a jury, would probably result in a life sentence. The circuit court summarily denied the claim. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the ASAM definition was not newly discovered evidence, and even if the ASAM policy statement was considered to be newly discovered evidence and it was admitted at trial, it was not probable Appellant would receive a life sentence.