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Defendant pleaded guilty to charges from several different cases, including first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, and first-degree escape. Defendant filed a petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel due to his counsel’s failure to request a competency hearing. The circuit court denied relief, concluding that trial counsel made a reasonable decision not to pursue the competency question further, and that decision did not prejudice Defendant. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that Defendant did not satisfy the Strickland v. Washington test for ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claims under Rule 37.1.