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Thompson v. State

Supreme Court of Arkansas

October 31, 2019

Edward THOMPSON, Appellant
v.
STATE of Arkansas, Appellee

          Rehearing Denied December 19, 2019

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         PRO SE APPEAL FROM THE PULASKI COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, SEVENTH DIVISION [NO. 60CR-12-749], HONORABLE BARRY A. SIMS, JUDGE

          Edward Lee Thompson, pro se appellant.

         Leslie Rutledge, Att’y Gen., by: Adam Jackson, Ass’t Att’y Gen., for appellee.

         OPINION

         SHAWN A. WOMACK, Associate Justice

          Edward Thompson sought postconviction relief based on allegations of ineffective assistance of trial and appellate counsel under Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 104 S.Ct. 2052, 80 L.Ed.2d 674 (1984). The circuit court was not persuaded by his claims and denied the petition. Thompson appeals that decision. We affirm.

          I.

          Tyler and Keye Ratley were leaving a Little Rock nightclub when they were attacked by Thompson and an accomplice. Tyler was walking behind his brother when Thompson attempted to rob him. The assailants fled when Keye ran to his brother’s aid. As Keye chased after them, one of the men fatally shot him in the stomach. A witness observed the men drive away in a red P.T. Cruiser that had been reported as stolen the day before. After police recovered the stolen ...


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