Court of Appeals of Missouri, Western District, First Division
January 28, 2014
STACY M. HOLMQUEST, Appellant,
STATE OF MISSOURI, Respondent
Appeal from the Circuit Court of Cass County, Missouri. The Honorable Jacqueline A. Cook, Judge.
Scott Thompson, St. Louis, MO, Attorney for Appellant.
Chris Koster, Attorney General, Daniel N. McPherson, Assistant Attorney General, Jefferson City, MO, Attorneys for Respondent.
Before Division One: Cynthia L. Martin, Presiding Judge, and Mark D. Pfeiffer and Karen King Mitchell, Judges.
Stacy Holmquest appeals, following an evidentiary hearing, the denial of her Rule 29.15 motion for post-conviction relief. Holmquest raises two points on appeal: (1) trial counsel was ineffective for failing to move for a change of venue, which she claims was necessitated bye abundant pretrial publicity; and (2) appellate counsel was ineffective for failing to raise a claim on direct appeal challenging either the trial court's failure to sua sponte change the venue or trial counsel's failure to request a change of venue. Finding no merit in either claim, we affirm. Rule 84.16(b).