HYSER v. ZATECKY
ENTRY DENYING PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS AND DIRECTING ENTRY OF FINAL JUDGMENT - Hyser's mixed petition for writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED without prejudice. Judgment consistent with this Entry shall now issue. Pursuant to Federal Ru le of Appellate Procedure 22(b), Rule 11(a) of the Rules Governing § 2254 Proceedings, and 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c), the Court DENIES a certificate of appealability because Hyser has failed to show that reasonable jurists would find it "debatable whether [this court] was correct in its procedural ruling." Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000). See Entry for details. Signed by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on 7/19/2017. (MAT)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
Case No: 1:17-cv-00403-TWP-DML
ENTRY DENYING PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS
AND DIRECTING ENTRY OF FINAL JUDGMENT
In November 2012, an Indiana jury found Timothy Hyser guilty of one count of Class A
Felony child molesting and one count of Class C Felony child molesting. These convictions were
reversed on appeal (see Hyser v. State, 996 N.E.2d 443 (Ind.Ct.App. 2013)). A new trial was
conducted in August 2014, and Hyser was again found guilty of the same offenses. Hyser was
sentenced to concurrent terms of 30 years and 4 years. This time, the convictions were affirmed.
(See Hyser v. State, No. 20A05-1410-CR-00487 (Ind.Ct.App. May 14, 2015).)
The conclusion of Hyser’s direct appeal was followed by his action for post-conviction
relief, filed on May 2, 2016. The action for post-conviction relief was dismissed without prejudice
on February 1, 2017.
This action for a writ of habeas corpus was filed on February 8, 2017. Hyser’s claims are:
(1) insufficient evidence; and (2) ineffective assistance of counsel at trial, with two specifications
of ineffectiveness. Of these claims, only the first was presented to the Indiana state courts.
“[W]hen examining a habeas corpus petition, the first duty of a district court . . . is to
examine the procedural status of the cause of action.” United States ex rel. Simmons v. Gramley,
915 F.2d 1128, 1132 (7th Cir. 1990). “[F]ederal courts will not review a habeas petition unless
the prisoner has fairly presented his claims ‘throughout at least one complete round of state-court
review, whether on direct appeal of his conviction or in post-conviction proceedings.’” Johnson
v. Foster, 786 F.3d 501, 504 (7th Cir. 2015) (quoting Richardson v. Lemke, 745 F.3d 258, 268 (7th
Cir. 2014), and citing 28 U.S.C. § 2254(b)(1)). “[T]he burden is on the petitioner to raise his
federal claim in the state court at a time when state procedural law permits its consideration on the
merits . . . .” Bell v. Cone, 543 U.S. 447, 451 n.3 (2005).
In the present case, Hyser challenges his 2012 convictions for child molesting. One habeas
claim has been fully exhausted in the state courts, but the other habeas claim has not—the result
of the petition for post-conviction relief having been voluntarily dismissed on February 1, 2017.
The proper course in such circumstances is for such a “mixed petition” to be dismissed without
prejudice. See Pliler v. Ford, 542 U.S. 225, 230 (2004) (citing Rose v. Lundy, 455 U.S. 509, 510,
Based on the foregoing, Hyser’s mixed petition for writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED
without prejudice. Judgment consistent with this Entry shall now issue.
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 22(b), Rule 11(a) of the Rules Governing
§ 2254 Proceedings, and 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c), the Court DENIES a certificate of appealability
because Hyser has failed to show that reasonable jurists would find it “debatable whether [this
court] was correct in its procedural ruling.” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000).
Timothy Hyser, #231670
Pendleton Correctional Facility
Eric Parker Babbs
OFFICE OF THE INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL
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