ATLANTA (AP) - The federal appeals court in Atlanta has declined
to overturn lower court decisions against a new sentencing hearing
for Patrick Charles Hannon, condemned for cutting one man's throat
and fatally shooting another in Tampa, Fla., 18 years ago.
Hannon claimed ineffective assistance of trial counsel, saying
his lawyer failed to present mitigating evidence during the penalty
The defense strategy was to concentrate on Hannon's claim
that he was not present at the scene of the Jan. 10, 1991 killings
of Brandon Snider and his roommate, Robert Carter.
Thursday's opinion by a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals said Hannon had failed to show ineffective
assistance of counsel and denied his habeas corpus petition.