McArthur v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)Annotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's denial of Appellant's pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus, holding that none of Appellant's claims were sufficient to demonstrate that the trial court lacked jurisdiction or that the judgment of conviction was invalid on its face.
In 1991, Appellant was found guilty of capital murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. In 2018, Appellant filed his petition for a writ of habeas corpus, arguing, among other things, that new evidence had emerged exonerating him of the crime and that material evidence was withheld at his trial in violation of Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963). The circuit court found that the habeas petition was untimely and without merit. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that Appellant failed to make a showing that the face of the judgment was invalid or to present evidence of probable cause to believe he was being illegally detained.