Makkali v. Kelley (Majority)Annotate this Case
After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of rape and theft of property. Appellant was sentenced to an aggregate term of thirty-five years’ imprisonment. Appellant later filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-112-201 in the Jefferson County Circuit Court, alleging that untested DNA evidence entitled him to the writ. After noting that Appellant was incarcerated in Hot Spring County, Arkansas, the circuit court dismissed the petition for lack of jurisdiction. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that because Appellant was convicted in Jefferson County, Appellant properly filed his petition in the Jefferson County Circuit Court. Remanded.