Assigned on Briefs May 7, 2019
from the Circuit Court for Madison County No. C-18-130 Roy B.
Morgan, Jr., Judge
petitioner, Jeffrey Mason, appeals the denial of his petition
for post-conviction relief, which petition challenged his
2017 guilty-pleaded conviction of second degree murder,
alleging that he was deprived of the effective assistance of
counsel. Discerning no error, we affirm the denial of
R. App. P. 3; Judgment of the Circuit Court Affirmed
William J. Milam, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant,
Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; David
H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; Jody Pickens,
District Attorney General; and Al Earls, Assistant District
Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
Curwood Witt, Jr., J., delivered the opinion of the court, in
which Thomas T. Woodall, and D. Kelly Thomas, Jr., JJ.,
CURWOOD WITT, JR., JUDGE
case arose from an incident in which the victim, Kheirra
Murphy, was killed after being run over and dragged
underneath a vehicle. The facts as stated at the plea
submission hearing were as follows:
[O]n January 3rd of 2016 . . ., Kheirra Murphy was at a
nightclub located . . . close to the intersection of Royal
Street and North Parkway. There's video [showing] . . .
her and also the [petitioner] there at that nightclub and
them also leaving together at approximately 3[:00 a.m.]. It
also shows them actually getting in the car, a very
distinctive 1993 Grand Marquis with faded paint . . . [that
was] gray, light blue[, ] or white.
. . . [T]he responding officers . . . received a call at
approximately 4:10 a.m. to the area of 100 Boardwalk Cove . .
. . [T]hey found a person to be Kheirra Murphy suffering from
multiple injuries. There was an autopsy performed, and the
cause of death will be multiple blunt force injuries. She had
multiple fractures. She was found naked from the waist down.
. . . [T]here was a blood trail leading up to the driveway to
where ultimately her body was found indicating that she was
drug underneath a car. There was also video obtained . . .
which depicted Kheirra Murphy being walked across the front
of the Family Dollar by a person we now know to be the
[petitioner], and she was later found approximately seven
minutes later. . . . She was found dead.
The car was later found at . . . Gillman Lane which is
located behind the Exxon at Campbell and Highland, a set of
apartments there. The car had the license plate removed, and
also found underneath the car was blood leading from the
front bumper, the length of the car. . . . DNA testing later
revealed that blood to be that of Kheirra Murphy.
When the [petitioner] was arrested, he gave multiple
conflicting stories about what he did that night culminating
in one where he indicated that in his mind, the victim tried
to rob him and that ...