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Criminal Practice – Attorneys – Effective Assistance – Witness Credibility – No Admission of Guilt – Defendant’s Age (access required)

State v. Vester Defendant was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault by strangulation, assault on a female, and misdemeanor larceny. Even though defense counsel said in his opening statement that defendant didn’t try to set the victim on fire and never tried to choke her, and even though defense counsel admitted in his closing argument that the victim had “gone through something,” defense counsel did not implicitly concede that defendant was guilty of assault on a female and larceny. Defense counsel maintained throughout the trial that the jury should find defendant not guilty of any of the charges. Defendant has failed to show that his attorney rendered ineffective assistance of counsel.

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