The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals published its opinion in Thacker v. Workman on Monday, April 23, 2012.
The Tenth Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision. Petitioner pled guilty in Oklahoma state court to charges of first-degree malice aforethought murder, kidnapping, and first-degree rape. Following a sentencing hearing, the state trial court sentenced Petitioner to death for the murder conviction. Petitioner’s death sentence was affirmed on direct appeal, and his requests for state post-conviction relief were denied. Petitoiner petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, but was denied relief by the district court. Petitioner filed a notice of appeal and the district court granted him a certificate of appealability on four issues. Exercising jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291, the Tenth Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of federal habeas relief.