No. 04-3827.

436 F.3d 951 (2006)

William L. ROUSAN, Appellant, v. Donald P. ROPER, Superintendent, Potosi Correctional Center, Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

Filed: February 8, 2006.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Philip M. Horwitz, argued, Clayton, MO (Eric W. Butts of St. Louis, MO, on the brief), for appellant.

Michael J. Spillane, argued, AAG, Jefferson City, MO, for appellee.


GRUENDER, Circuit Judge.

A Missouri state court sentenced William L. Rousan ("Rousan") to death after he was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. The Missouri Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentence and subsequently affirmed the denial of Rousan's motion for post-conviction relief. Rousan timely petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, seeking relief on nineteen separate grounds. The district court

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