DA To Seek Death Penalty In Trial Of Local Man Accused Of Killing Wife

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty in the capital murder trial of a local man accused of killing his wife and abducting his 9-year-old daughter.

Us Carnell Petetan (Jail photo)

WACO (November 30, 2012)—McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna confirmed Friday he plans to seek the death penalty in the capital murder trial of a man accused of shooting his wife to death in September at a local apartment complex and abducting his 9-year-old daughter.

Us Carnell Petetan was indicted for capital murder earlier this month in the Sept. 23 death of Kimberly Petetan, 41, who was shot repeatedly during what police say was a heated argument at the Landing Apartments, in the 2500 block of East Lake Shore Drive in Waco.

Petetan is in the McLennan County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond and without bond on a parole violation, jail records show.

Petetan was arrested the day after the deadly shooting when he was stopped on a traffic violation in Bryan and officers discovered he was named in a arrest warrant.

Police also recovered Kimberley Petetan's 9-year-old daughter, who police say was abducted from the scene of the shooting the day before.

The child wasn’t harmed and was released to other family members.

The Petetans were married, but weren't living together at the time of the shooting, police said.


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