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After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree murder. Defendant was sentenced as a habitual offender to 720 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Defendant later filed this pro se petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis. As grounds for the writ, Petitioner alleged that the State withheld witnesses and evidence from the defense at trial and that, under Martinez v. Ryan, the Court could consider his claims of ineffective assistance of counsel in a coram-nobis proceeding. The Supreme Court denied the petition, holding (1) Defendant did not demonstrate that the State violated Brady v. Maryland; (2) Defendant’s claims of ineffective assistance of counsel were not cognizable in a coram-nobis proceeding; and (3) even if Defendant had presented grounds sufficient to support issuance of the writ, his failure to act with due diligence would constitute good cause to deny the petition.