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We have many plans and enthusiasm to keep expanding and making Murderpedia a better site, but we really need your help for this. In a rare move at her 2000 trial, Michelle Byrom asked Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner, instead of the jury, to decide whether she should serve life in prison or be put to death. He later pleaded guilty to several charges in the murder-for-hire scheme, including conspiracy to commit murder. Junior asked Gillis if his father had been killed, and Gillis said yes. Because of the difficulties inherent in making the evaluation, a court must indulge a strong presumption that counsel's conduct falls within the wide range of reasonable professional assistance; that is, the defendant must overcome the presumption that, under the circumstances, the challenged action might be considered sound trial strategy. Therefore, trial counsel's failure to aggressively seek a change of venue could hardly be deemed to rise to the level of rendering ineffective assistance. Byrom cites no authority in support of this argument, and the State does not respond to it. The waiver signed by the prosecutor contained similar language as to the available sentencing options. All of this having been said, so that we are crystal clear on this point, notwithstanding the provisions of Section 99-19-101(1), consistent with the legislative intent expressed via Section 47-7-3(1)(f) and this Court's decisions in Pham, Flowers and their progeny, the sentencer (jury or judge) in a capital case tried pursuant to Section 99-19-101, has in reality only two sentencing options-death, or life imprisonment without parole eligibility. Byrom fails in her argument on this point however, because she has shown no actual prejudice in being informed that one of the possible sentences to be considered by the trial judge was that of life imprisonment.

Gardner sentenced him to 50 years in prison with 20 years suspended. When Junior asked if Gillis was the one who killed his father, Gillis indicated that he did not do it. Stringer, 454 So.2d at 477 (citing Strickland, 466 U. Thus, it follows that Byrom's claim of ineffective assistance of counsel for failure to pursue a change of venue is without merit. Failure of Byrom's trial counsel to conduct an adequate investigation generally. Byrom next makes a general argument of law, citing Wiggins v. There is no question that Section 99-19-101 provides that [u]pon conviction or adjudication of guilt of a defendant of capital murder or other capital offense, the court shall conduct a separate sentencing proceeding to determine whether the defendant should be sentenced to death, life imprisonment without eligibility for parole, or life imprisonment. The certificate of counsel signed by Byrom's trial attorneys stated, inter alia, the had explained to Byrom the maximum and minimum penalties for capital murder. There can be no doubt that, pursuant to our capital sentencing statute, Section 99-19-101, Byrom was advised as to the sentencing options available to a jury, or a judge sitting without a jury, after a capital murder conviction. We do not interpret her claim to be that she understood that by waiving a jury, the trial judge somehow became uniquely empowered with this third sentencing option of life imprisonment which would not have been available to the sentencing jury.

According to Junior's and Gillis's statements, sometime after Byrom, Sr. Then, to determine the second prong of prejudice to the defense, the standard is a reasonable probability that, but for counsel's unprofessional errors, the result of the proceeding would have been different. The State points to voir dire where the trial court specifically calls on Ms. Thus, from the record before us, when we necessarily apply the Strickland criteria, we are unable to conclude that trial counsel's investigation was unreasonable or ineffective, or that their failure to call the family members amounted to ineffective assistance of counsel. She argues that the trial judge failed to advise her of the necessary proof and constitutional rights that would be affected prior to signing the waiver. The State had filed a Notice of Aggravating Circumstances on October 24, 2000. Byrom was told the trial judge would perform the same analysis as a jury, but it would be solely within his discretion as to whether to impose the death sentence.

There was no allegation or evidence of forced entry. This means a probability sufficient to undermine the confidence in the outcome. The question here is: whether there is a reasonable probability that, absent the errors, the sentencer-including an appellate court, to the extent it independently reweighs the evidence-would have concluded that the balance of the aggravating and mitigating circumstances did not warrant death. A review of the record reveals that during voir dire, both Cooley and Durham stated that they did not know what happened in the case; both stated that they would not be influenced by what they had heard; and, both stated they would rely only on the trial evidence in making their decisions. The State answers Byrom's allegation that Connie Lorella Dexter knew Byrom but did not respond when asked by the court. Counsel for Wiggins failed to make this investigation even though the State made funds available for this purpose. However, to argue that this testimony, which was already known to the trial judge, would have been any more convincing or persuasive if presented through witness testimony, is, at best, speculative. Finally, Byrom has failed to assert, or even demonstrate, that she suffered any prejudice as a result of these comments. We have determined each of these arguments is without merit because, in her efforts to meet the Strickland criteria, Byrom has failed to demonstrate that her trial counsel's actions were deficient and that the deficiency prejudiced the defense of her case. The state and the defendant and/or his counsel shall be permitted to present arguments for or against the sentence of death. The State, in addition to citing Bishop, argues that Byrom did not raise this issue on direct appeal, and it is procedurally barred under Miss. Thus, Byrom's argument that the capital sentencing statute does not permit a waiver of a jury for sentencing purposes is without merit. Byrom next argues that even if a waiver were possible in this situation, her waiver of a sentencing jury was not knowingly and intelligently made and therefore was not valid. She was informed that she had been convicted of capital murder by the jury; that the jury would have to unanimously find, beyond a reasonable doubt, the existence of any aggravating circumstances in order to sentence her to death, but that mitigating factors would not have to be found unanimously or beyond a reasonable doubt; and, that the jury would have to find that the mitigating circumstances did not outweigh the aggravating circumstances before the jury could impose the death penalty.

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