Competency trial underway for man charged with capital murder

McLennan County Jail
POSTED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 9:58am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 9:05pm

Jury selection in a competency trial is underway for a Central Texas convicted felon who is charged with the murder of his wife in September 2012.

Carnell Petetan, Jr. was indicted on the charge in November 2012.

Petetan allegedly killed his wife, Kimberly Petetan, in a shooting. Petetan is charged with capital murder because the murder is alleged to have been committed during the course of a burglary or kidnapping.

Court documents indicate that the murder occurred at an East Lakeshore Drive apartment on September 23, 2012. Kimberly Petetan died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. It’s alleged that Carnell Petetan forced his way into his wife’s apartment before shooting her multiple times.

Petetan was taken into custody by Bryan Police. At the time of his arrest, Petetan had the victim’s nine-year-old child with him in a vehicle.

Petetan had been out of prison for less than six months at the time of the killing. He had been sentenced to a 20 year sentence in 1993 for Attempted Murder.

The McLennan County District Attorney’s Office has announced plans to seek the death penalty if Petetan is found competent to stand trial. Currently, Petetan remains in the McLennan County Jail on a $1 million bond.


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