TONY MAYS, Warden,
   No. 17-6024
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Western District of Tennessee at Jackson.
No. 1:09-cv-01181—J. Daniel Breen, District Judge.
Decided and Filed: July 1, 2020
Before: BOGGS, GRIFFIN, and KETHLEDGE, Circuit Judges.


BOGGS, Circuit Judge. Stephen Lynn Hugueley, a death-row inmate at Tennessee’s Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, appeals the denial of his 28 U.S.C. § 2254 habeas petition, which alleged various violations of his constitutional rights. We granted a certificate of appealability on only one issue, whether Hugueley’s counsel at trial was ineffective. In the proceedings below, the federal habeas court concluded that this claim had been procedurally defaulted. Hugueley originally raised the claim in his state post-conviction proceedings, but he waived the claim when he decided to voluntarily withdraw his petition. Hugueley now argues that he should have been declared incompetent to withdraw his post-conviction petition, and that the state-court procedures that determined that he was competent were procedurally deficient under Panetti v. Quarterman, 551 U.S. 930 (2007). He therefore contends that the court’s ruling of procedural default was incorrect. In the alternative, he argues that his default should be excused under Martinez v. Ryan, 566 U.S. 1 (2012), because his state post-conviction counsel was ineffective, and her deficient performance caused his default.

For the following reasons, we reject Hugueley’s arguments and affirm the district court’s denial of his habeas petition.