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Jesse Dean Redfearn v. William Chris Rankins
Case Number: 22-6061
Judge: Joel M. Carson, III
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma on appeal from the Western District of Oklahoma (Oklahoma County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Tulsa
Description: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with first-degree rape and kidnapping.
A jury convicted Mr. Redfearn of first-degree rape and kidnapping. The state
district court sentenced him to life imprisonment on each count. The victim, T.A., did not appear at Mr. Redfearn’s trial to testify, but, over Mr. Redfearn’s objection, the trial
court admitted the transcript of her earlier testimony at the preliminary hearing.
On appeal before the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals (OCCA),
Mr. Redfearn argued that the admission of T.A.’s preliminary hearing testimony violated
his Sixth Amendment right to confrontation and that the evidence was insufficient to
sustain the convictions. The OCCA rejected these arguments and affirmed his
convictions and sentences. Mr. Redfearn petitioned for habeas corpus under
28 U.S.C. § 2254. Adopting the recommendation of a magistrate judge, the district court
denied Mr. Redfearn’s petition, concluding he did not overcome the standards set forth in
the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) for federal relief from state
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to life in prison. Appeal dismissed.