Man seeks new hearing in 2001 Muncie murder

By The Associated Press

MUNCIE — A Muncie man who pleaded guilty to murder 12 years ago after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty for his role in a brutal stabbing death is seeking a new trial.

The Star Press reports 31-year-old Christopher Burns filed a motion last week alleging his conviction and sentence violated the Constitution because he “was denied the effective assistance of trial counsel.”

He was sentenced in 2001 to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the death of 30-year-old Tammie Craycraft Smith. Authorities said she was stabbed 32 times in her apartment. Police in Arizona, where Burns was arrested, said he had told them he tried to kill Smith in a way that would “set Muncie off.”

He is being held at the Wabash Correctional Facility.

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