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Appellant pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and rape by forcible compulsion. Appellant later filed a pro se petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1, alleging that his guilty plea was not voluntarily and intelligently made but was, rather, the result of the ineffective assistance of counsel. After an evidentiary hearing, the trial court denied relief based primarily on its credibility findings. Appellant lodged this appeal and filed two motions in which he sought an extension of time to file his brief and also asked the Supreme Court to appoint appellate counsel. The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal and declared Appellant’s motions moot, holding that Appellant failed to establish the first part of the Strickland v. Washington standard, and therefore, the trial court did not err in denying relief.