State v. HallAnnotate this Case
Defendant was convicted of two counts of felony murder in the perpetration of a first degree burglary and other crimes. The jury sentenced Defendant to death for the murder of one victim and to life imprisonment for the murder of the second victim. The Court of Criminal Appeals and Supreme Court affirmed on appeal. Defendant subsequently field a petition for post-conviction relief, alleging that he received ineffective assistance of counsel. On review, the Supreme Court granted Defendant a delayed appeal based upon the lack of meaningful representation during the original direct appeal. Upon remand, Defendant moved for a new trial and an accompanying petition for writ of error coram nobis. The circuit court denied relief as to all claims. The Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) Defendant failed to establish that witness credibility was such an overriding issue that the trial judge was unable to consider the motions for new trial; (2) Defendant was not entitled to a new trial based upon “newly discovered evidence”; (3) the use of shackles in this instance was appropriate; and (4) the evidence at trial was sufficient to support Defendant’s convictions.