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ON APPLICATION FOR A WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS CAUSE NO. F1018049-A IN THE 145TH DISTRICT COURT FROM NACOGDOCHES COUNTY
Pursuant to the provisions of Article 11.07 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the clerk of the trial court transmitted to this Court this application for a writ of habeas corpus. Ex parte Young, 418 S.W.2d 824, 826 (Tex. Crim. App. 1967). Applicant was convicted of possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence and sentenced to 5 years' and 35 years' imprisonment, respectively. The Sixth Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction in Mitchell v. State, 06-11-00015-CR (Tex. App. -Texarkana, November 22, 2011).
Applicant contends that appellate counsel rendered ineffective assistance because counsel failed to file a motion and affidavit for a free trial transcript after counsel was informed of Applicant's inability to pay.
Applicant has alleged facts that, if true, might entitle to relief. Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 (1984); Ex parte Patterson, 993 S.W.2d 114, 115 (Tex. Crim. App. 1999). In these circumstances, additional facts are needed. As we held in Ex parte Rodriguez, 334 S.W.2d 294, 294 (Tex. Crim. App. 1960), the trial court is the appropriate forum for findings of fact.
If the trial court elects to hold a hearing, it shall determine whether Applicant is indigent. If Applicant is indigent and wishes to be represented by counsel, the trial court shall appoint an attorney to represent Applicant at the hearing. Tex. Code Crim. Proc. art. 26.04.
The trial court shall make findings as to whether, at the time of counsel's motion to withdraw, Applicant was indigent for purposes of obtaining a free record in that he was unable to pay or give security for the appellate record. Tex.R.App.P. art. 20.2. The trial court shall make findings of fact and conclusions of law as to whether the performance of Applicant's appellate counsel was deficient and, if so, whether counsel's deficient performance prejudiced Applicant. The trial court shall also make any other findings of fact and conclusions of law that it deems relevant and appropriate to the disposition of Applicant's claim for habeas corpus relief.
This application will be held in abeyance until the trial court has resolved the fact issues. The issues shall be resolved within 90 days of this order. A supplemental transcript containing all affidavits and interrogatories or the transcription of the court reporter's notes from any hearing or deposition, along with the trial court's supplemental findings of fact and conclusions of law, shall be forwarded to ...