Jury selection continues for Waco man charged with capital murder

McLennan County Jail
POSTED: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:43pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 7:34pm

More than 200 potential jurors have been interviewed for the capital murder trial of Carnell Petetan Jr., who is charged with capital murder.

Jury selection began on February 24, and is still on-going as attorneys work to seat the panel of 12 jurors and two alternates. So far, nine jurors have been selected. However, this process is taking longer than other recent capital murder cases, as attorneys are finding potential jurors with extreme views for or against the death penalty. Prosecutors have already announced plans to seek the death penalty against Petetan.

Petetan was indicted on capital murder in November 2012. In January, a McLennan County jury heard evidence and declared Petetan, who is a convicted felon, competent to stand trial.

Petetan reportedly 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.
 

Currently, Petetan remains in the McLennan County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Testimony in Petetan's trial is set to begin on April 7.

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