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Appellant Quinton Jones appeals his convictions for malice murder and other related offenses arising out of a drug transaction. Appellant argued he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel on appeal to the Supreme Court: appellant’s trial counsel was terminally ill at the time of the trial and died shortly thereafter. Appellant argued, among other alleged failures of his trial counsel, that counsel failed to participate effectively in the voir dire of the jury or in the opening statement. Appellant claimed trial counsel’s diminished capacity was evident starting with the voir dire of potential jurors, when he asked no questions of over half of the forty-one potential jurors, and only one or two irrelevant questions of those whom he did question. Appellant claims counsel’s diminished capacity was further demonstrated by the brevity of his opening statement, noting that the State’s opening statement comprises over five pages of the trial transcript, whereas defense counsel’s opening comprises barely a page. The Supreme Court reviewed each of appellant's alleged errors, and found no reason to disturb the outcome of trial.