Heard v. StateAnnotate this Case
In two separate cases, Appellant Brian Heard entered negotiated pleas to a total of four counts of delivery of a controlled substance as to various drugs and that eleven other charges were nolle prossed. Appellant timely filed a pro se petition for postconviction relief under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1, which the trial court denied. Appellant appealed, contending that his guilty plea was coerced by trial counsel and that trial counsel was ineffective. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) Appellant did not provide credible evidence to support his claim that he was coerced and would not have entered a guilty plea had counsel provided effective assistance; and (2) Appellant did not meet his burden to show prejudice from any deficient performance on the part of trial counsel.