Hargrove v. Hamilton

Filing 25

MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by District Judge Liam O'Grady on 7/14/2021. (c/m 7/14/2021 shea)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA Alexandria Division Jamie! M.Hargrove, Petitioner, ) ) ) V. ) Israel Hamilton, Respondent. l:20cvll88(LO/JFA) ) ) ) MEMORANDUM OPINION Jamiel M.Hargrove, a Virginia inmate proceeding pro se, has filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, challenging his convictions for second-degree murder, using a firearm in the commission ofa murder, robbery, conspiring to commit robbery, and using a firearm in the commission of a robbery, entered in the Circuit Court of Danville, Virginia. Dkt. No. 1; Resp't Ex. A-6. Respondent has filed a Motion to Dismiss and Rule 5 Answer, along with a supporting brief. Dkt. Nos. 16-18. Hargrove received the notice required by Local Rule 7(K) and Roseboro v. Garrison. 528 F.2d 309(4th Cir. 1975), Dkt. No. 19, and has not filed an opposing brief. Because the state court rulings were not contrary to, or an unreasonable application of, clearly established law, as determined by the Supreme Court ofthe United States, or based on an unreasonable determination of the facts in light ofthe evidence presented, the § 2254 petition will be dismissed. I. Background On September 11,2014, when Hargrove was seventeen years old, he and Tevin Stokes shot and killed Paul Harper, Jr., during a drug purchase, then stole the drugs off his body before fleeing. When police detectives from Danville, Virginia(where the crimes occurred)traveled to Vance Coimty, North Carolina(where Hargrove lived) on October 30,2014, to interview him

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