Where a defendant sentenced to death in a first-degree murder case challenged the denial of post-conviction relief, the defendant’s trial counsel made reasonable strategic decisions, and there was no abandonment by post-conviction counsel, so the denial of relief is affirmed because the defendant also did not show constitutional violations or prejudice.
Judgment is affirmed.
McFadden v. State (MLW No. 74879/Case No. SC97737 – 40 pages) (Supreme Court of Missouri, Russell, J.; all concur) Appealed from circuit court, St. Louis County, Vincent III, J. (William J. Swift, Columbia, for appellant) (Garrick Aplin, Jefferson City, for respondent).