Pigg v. State (Per Curiam)Annotate this Case
Appellant was found guilty of eleven counts of rape of a victim who was less than fourteen years of age and one count of interference with custody. Appellant was sentenced to consecutive life sentences for each count of rape. The Supreme Court affirmed. Appellant subsequently filed a petition for postconviction relief under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1, alleging ineffective assistance of trial counsel. The trial court denied relief. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the trial court’s findings on the claims raised in the petition were adequate for review; and (2) the trial court did not clearly err in finding that Appellant failed to identify specific acts or omissions that would overcome the presumption that counsel was effective, nor did Appellant provide factual substantiation for his claims of prejudice.