Waco: Five Jurors Selected For Capital Murder Trial

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
Jury selection for the capital murder trial of a man accused of killing his estranged wife and abducting her daughter has been put on hold for a week after five panel members were selected.

Us Carnell Petetan (Jail photo)

WACO (March 7, 2014)

Five jurors had been selected through Friday for the capital murder trial of Us Carnell Petetan and selection was put on hold until Monday March 17 because of spring break.

Jury selection began Feb. 24 and because the state is seeking the death penalty, prospective jurors have been interviewed by prosecutors and defense attorneys individually.

Petetan is accused of shooting his estranged wife to death in 2012 and abducting her daughter.

In January a separate jury found Petetan, 37, mentally competent to stand trial for capital murder in the death of Kimberley Farr Petetan, 44, a Gatesville native, who was gunned down Sept. 23, 2012 outside the Landing Apartments in the 2500 block of East Lake Shore Drive.

Judge Ralph Strother, in the 19th District Court, has set trial to begin in April.

Petetan, of Port Arthur, has been held in the McLennan County Jail on a $1 million bond on the capital murder charge and without bond on a state prison parole violation, jail records showed.

Petetan has been in custody since his arrest the day after the deadly shooting when he was stopped on a traffic violation in Bryan and officers discovered he was named in an 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.

She wasn't harmed.

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

Petetan was originally indicted in November, 2012 and was then re-indicted a month later.

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