Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Court Denies Convicted Murderer's Appeal

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has denied a claim by a convicted murderer from Putnam County that he received "ineffective assistance" from his lawyer. Arlie Ray Thomas had filed an appeal of the dismissal of what is called a petition for post-conviction relief -- in which he alleged that he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel because his lawyer at the time failed to challenge the affidavits supporting the warrants that led to the search of his home and his ultimate arrest for killing his estranged wife and hiding her body in a barrel on his property. Thomas had also claimed that his lawyer failed to properly interview a potential witness for his defense. But the court said that after a thorough review of the record, "we conclude (that Thomas) has failed to show that his trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance of counsel and affirm the judgment of the court.