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Criminal Law: Murder-Post-Conviction Relief

Defendant was found guilty of murder and related offenses and sentenced to death. Defendant’s conviction and sentence were affirmed on direct appeal. Defendant then moved for post-conviction relief, asserting ineffective assistance of trial and direct appellate counsel and arguing that the trial judge should have recused herself because she was the attorney of record in a child-support case involving defendant’s ex-wife. The trial court denied the PCR motion.

Where trial counsel’s actions challenged by defendant in the PCR motion constituted sound trial strategy or would not have altered the outcome of the trial, the trial court properly dismissed defendant’s PCR motion.

Judgment is affirmed.

Hosier v. State (MLW No. 74281/Case No. SC97231 – 31 pages) (Supreme Court of Missouri, Wilson, J.) Appealed from circuit court, Cole County, Joyce, J. (Amy M. Bartholow, Columbia, for appellant) (Gregory L. Barnes, Jefferson City, for appellee)