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Frye v. Hobbs

United States District Court, E.D. Arkansas, Pine Bluff Division

September 19, 2014

DOYLE DEWAYNE FRYE, ADC #115393, Petitioner,
v.
RAY HOBBS, Director Arkansas Department of Correction, Respondent.

PROPOSED FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDED DISPOSITION

J. THOMAS RAY, Magistrate Judge.

INSTRUCTIONS

The following recommended disposition has been sent to United States District Judge D.P. Marshall Jr. Any party may serve and file written objections to this recommendation. Objections should be specific and should include the factual or legal basis for the objection. If the objection is to a factual finding, specifically identify that finding and the evidence that supports your objection. An original and one copy of your objections must be received in the office of the United States District Clerk no later than fourteen (14) days from the date of the findings and recommendations. The copy will be furnished to the opposing party. Failure to file timely objections may result in waiver of the right to appeal questions of fact.

If you are objecting to the recommendation and also desire to submit new, different, or additional evidence, and to have a hearing for this purpose before the United States District Judge, you must, at the same time that you file your written objections, include a "Statement of Necessity" that sets forth the following:

1. Why the record made before the Magistrate Judge is inadequate.
2. Why the evidence to be proffered at the requested hearing before the United States District Judge was not offered at the hearing before the Magistrate Judge.
3. An offer of proof setting forth the details of any testimony or other evidence (including copies of any documents) desired to be introduced at the requested hearing before the United States District Judge.

From this submission, the United States District Judge will determine the necessity for an additional evidentiary hearing, either before the Magistrate Judge or before the District Judge.

Mail your objections and "Statement of Necessity" to:

I. Introduction

Pending before the Court is a 28 U.S.C. ยง 2254 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed by Petitioner, Doyle DeWayne Frye. Doc. 2. Respondent has filed a Response, and Petitioner has filed a Reply. Docs. 6, 11. Thus, the issues are joined and ready for disposition.

Before addressing Petitioner's habeas claims, the Court will review the procedural history of the case.

In October 2007, a jury in Benton County, Arkansas convicted Petitioner of raping his nine-year-old niece.[1] He was sentenced, as a habitual offender, to life imprisonment.

On direct appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court, Petitioner argued that the trial court erred: (1) in admitting testimony from the victim's mother, under the "excited utterance" exception to the hearsay evidence rule, about statements the victim made to her about the rape; (2) in admitting testimony from a police investigator about Petitioner's truthfulness during a custodial interview; and (3) in admitting improper character evidence about his prior bad acts. On ...


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