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Defendant was originally convicted in 1981 for murder and sentenced to death. After a series of appeals and postconviction motions, Defendant filed a successive motion to vacate his sentence. Specifically, Defendant asserted that he was mentally retarded pursuant to Atkins v. Virginia. The trial court held an evidentiary hearing on Defendant's motion in 2009. The court denied relief, determining that Defendant could not meet the first prong of the mental retardation standard to establish his mental retardation. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that there was competent, substantial evidence to support the court's finding that Defendant was not mentally retarded.