Trial underway for CenTex convicted felon charged with wife's murder

McLennan County Jail
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:47am

Jury selection is underway this morning in the capital murder trial of a Waco man who is charged with the 2012 death of his wife.

Carnell Petetan, Jr. was indicted on the charge in November 2012. The McLennan County District Attorney’s Office has announced plans to seek the death penalty against Petetan.

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.

 

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