Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee, Nashville
19, 2019 Session
from the Circuit Court for Bedford County No. 18180 F. Lee
Petitioner, Roy Anthony Haley, was convicted of theft of
property valued at $10, 000 or more but less than $60, 000,
and he was sentenced as a Range III, persistent offender to
fifteen years in confinement. Subsequently, he filed a
petition for post-conviction relief, alleging ineffective
assistance of counsel. The post-conviction court denied the
petition. The Petitioner appeals, contending that he was
denied due process at his post-conviction hearing because he
was not afforded the opportunity to call critical witnesses
and because the post-conviction court was so biased and
prejudiced toward him as to render the hearing unfair. Upon
review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.
R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgment of the Circuit
Michael Meise, Dickson, Tennessee (on appeal), and M. Wesley
Hall, IV, Unionville, Tennessee (at hearing), for the
Appellant, Roy Anthony Haley.
Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia
S. Lee, Senior Assistant Attorney General; Robert James
Carter, District Attorney General; and Michael David Randles,
Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State
McGee Ogle, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in which
Robert W. Wedemeyer and J. Ross Dyer, JJ., joined.
MCGEE OGLE, JUDGE.
direct appeal, this court summarized the proof adduced at
trial as follows:
Wallace L. Chambers, Jr., a military veteran, testified that
he and his wife, Ava Alito Hale Chambers, were both retired.
Mr. Chambers stated that his wife suffered from
Alzheimer's disease and was bedridden, which necessitated
his hiring a fulltime caregiver, Laketia Grizzle, in January
2012. In April 2012, Ms. Grizzle married the [Petitioner] and
changed her name to Laketia Haley. Mr. Chambers occasionally
hired the [Petitioner] to perform odd jobs on his property,
which Mr. Chambers classified as "exclusively outside
work." Mr. Chambers testified that the [Petitioner]
"had no reason to be in the house except to come in and
eat lunch, maybe."
Mr. Chambers owned an extensive coin collection, weighing
approximately 72 pounds and worth between $65, 000 and $70,
000, which he had inherited from his father and had added to
over the years. Mr. Chambers had planned to pass the
collection on to his grandchildren upon his death. Mr.
Chambers stored the collection inside a safe which was hidden
in the back of a closet in his living room. When questioned
about access to the safe, Mr. Chambers stated that he trusted
Ms. Haley and that she had opportunities to access the safe
unseen by either of her employers. The [Petitioner] also
would have had access to the safe when he was inside Mr.
Chambers' residence. Mr. Chambers denied that either Ms.
Haley or the [Petitioner] had permission to remove any of the
coins from his home.
On July 22, 2012, Mr. Chambers received a telephone call from
Vickie Bly, a person he had never met or heard of prior to
receiving the call. Following the call from Ms. Bly, Mr.
Chambers checked the safe and discovered that his entire coin
collection was missing. Mr. Chambers immediately contacted
the sheriff's department and filed a report. According to
Mr. Chambers, the sheriff's department interviewed Ms.
Haley, and, following that interview, she and the
[Petitioner] fled. The sheriff's department recovered
"less than half" of the coins that were stolen.
Laketia Elaine Haley testified that, while she was working
for Mr. and Mrs. Chambers, she and the [Petitioner] were both
addicted to painkillers, and the [Petitioner] did not have
steady employment. In March, Ms. Haley discovered the coin
collection inside the Chambers's safe, and she began by
stealing "10 to 15 rolls" of coins. She and the
[Petitioner] later stole "the majority" of what
remained in the collection. Ms. Haley and the [Petitioner]
took the coins to local pawn shops and sold them, using the
majority of the proceeds to purchase painkillers. When the
sheriff's department first contacted Ms. Haley about the
stolen coins, Ms. Haley denied any involvement, and when the
sheriff's department contacted her to arrange a follow-up
interview, Ms. Haley and the [Petitioner] fled to Florida.
Ms. Haley and the [Petitioner] were eventually arrested in
Florida and returned to Tennessee. Ms. Haley admitted that
she had recently pleaded guilty to theft of property valued
at $10, 000 or more but less than $60, 000 and that she was
Both Ron Arnold and Michael Bass testified that, between
March 5 and July 20, 2012, the [Petitioner] and Ms. Haley
patronized their respective pawn shops and sold numerous
coins; records of each of those transactions were introduced
into evidence by the State. Following the testimony of Mr.
Bass, the parties stipulated that the value of the coins at
issue was greater than $10, 000 but less than $60, 000.
Detective Scott Jones with the Bedford County Sheriff's
Department testified that when he initially interviewed Ms.
Haley, she had denied all involvement in the theft of the
coins. After Ms. Haley was arrested in Florida and returned
to Tennessee, Detective Jones again interviewed her, and on
that occasion, she admitted that she had stolen the coins and
that she and the [Petitioner] had sold the coins to
"fund their drug addictions."
State v. Roy Anthony Haley, No.
M2013-02756-CCA-R3-CD, 2014 WL 5698076, at *1-2 (Tenn. Crim.
App. at Nashville, Nov. 5, 2014).
conclusion of the proof, the jury convicted the Petitioner of
theft of property valued at $10, 000 or more but less than
$60, 000. Id. The trial court sentenced the
Petitioner as a Range III, persistent offender to fifteen
years with release eligibility after serving forty-five
percent of the sentence in confinement. Id. On
appeal, the Petitioner challenged the length of the sentence
imposed. Id. This court affirmed the
Petitioner's sentence but remanded for correction of the
judgment to reflect that the sentence was to be served
consecutively to a previously imposed sentence as ordered by
the trial court at the sentencing hearing. Id. at
on November 4, 2015, the Petitioner filed a pro se petition
for post-conviction relief that included multiple allegations
of ineffective assistance by the attorneys who represented
him at his preliminary hearing, trial, sentencing hearing,
and on appeal. The Petitioner also maintained that the
indictment against him ...