No. CR 80-174.

612 S.W.2d 115 (1981)

Gary Lee WILLIAMS, Appellant, v. STATE of Arkansas, Appellee.

Supreme Court of Arkansas.

March 2, 1981.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

E. Alvin Schay, State Appellant Defender by Jack Kearney, Deputy State Appellate Defender, Little Rock, and Wayne Boyce, Trial Counsel, Newport, for appellant.

Steve Clark, Atty. Gen. by Arnold M. Jochums, Asst. Atty. Gen., Little Rock, for appellee.

HICKMAN, Justice.

This is an appeal from a hearing held in the Jackson County Circuit Court on a petition by Gary Lee Williams for post-conviction relief pursuant to Rules of Crim.Proc., Rule 37.

Williams had pled guilty to capital felony murder, rape, kidnapping, and use of a firearm in connection with a felony on May 13, 1976. The petition generally alleges that Williams' plea was void because it was entered as a result of duress and without comprehension of the consequences.

After a lengthy hearing on the matter the trial court denied relief. We cannot reach the merits of this matter because the trial court did not enter findings of facts and conclusions of law as required by Rules of Crim.Proc., Rule 37.3. We have held without exception that this rule is mandatory and requires written findings. State v. Maness, 264 Ark. 190, 569 S.W.2d 665 (1978); Robinson & Williams v. State, 264 Ark. 186, 569 S.W.2d 662 (1978).

On review, we determine whether these findings are supported by a preponderance of evidence. Unless the findings are clearly erroneous, they will be affirmed. Therefore, we must have specific findings regarding the facts in the case and the conclusions of law so that there can be a meaningful review of those findings.

Reversed and remanded.

DUDLEY, J., not participating.


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