Ex parte Martinez, WR-94,095-01

CourtCourt of Appeals of Texas. Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM
PartiesEX PARTE NATHANIEL JOHN MARTINEZ, Applicant
Docket NumberWR-94,095-01
Decision Date23 November 2022

EX PARTE NATHANIEL JOHN MARTINEZ, Applicant

No. WR-94,095-01

Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas

November 23, 2022


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ON APPLICATION FOR A WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS CAUSE NO. 758512-A IN THE 248TH DISTRICT COURT FROM HARRIS COUNTY

Newell, J, concurred.

ORDER

PER CURIAM

Applicant was convicted of murder and sentenced to sixty years' imprisonment. The First Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction. Martinez v. State, 16 S.W.3d 845 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2000). Applicant filed this application for a writ of habeas corpus in the county of conviction, and the district clerk forwarded it to this Court. See Tex. Code Crim. Proc. art. 11.07.

This application was file-stamped in Harris County on February 11, 2013. An order designating issues was signed by the trial judge on May 14, 2013. This application was not received by this Court until August 29, 2022. There is no indication in the record of any action by the trial court after the order designating issues was signed. Nor is there any indication as to why this

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application was pending in Harris County for so long without any action by the clerk or the trial court.

Applicant contends, among other things, that trial counsel was ineffective for various reasons. Applicant has alleged facts that, if true, might entitle him to relief. Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 (1984). Accordingly, the record should be developed. The trial court is the appropriate forum for findings of fact. Tex. Code Crim. Proc. art. 11.07, § 3(d).

As a preliminary matter, the trial court shall make findings of fact as to why no action was taken by the trial court or the clerk between the entry of the order designating issues and the forwarding of the application to this Court. The trial court shall obtain a response from Applicant as to whether Applicant still wants to pursue this application, and shall include that response in the supplemental record. If the trial court is unable to obtain such a response from Applicant, the trial court shall detail the efforts that were made to obtain a response from Applicant. The trial court shall then return the application to this Court.

If Applicant indicates that he does want to pursue this application, the trial court shall order trial counsel to respond to Applicant's claims. In developing the record, the trial court may use any means set out in Article 11.07, § 3(d). If the trial court elects to hold a hearing, it shall determine whether Applicant is indigent. If Applicant is indigent and wants to be represented by counsel, the trial court shall appoint counsel to represent him at the hearing. See Tex. Code Crim. Proc. art. 26.04. If counsel is appointed or retained, the trial court shall immediately notify this Court of counsel's name.

The trial court shall make findings of fact and conclusions of law as to whether trial counsel's performance was...

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