HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the conviction and death sentence of a Port Arthur man convicted of killing his wife in Waco in 2012 a few months after getting out of prison where he met her as a pen pal, exchanging letters.
Carnell Petetan was condemned for fatally shooting his estranged wife, Kimberly. He was serving 20 years for assault and she was studying to be a drug abuse counselor when they met.
Petetan's attorneys raised 30 points of error from his 2014 trial where defense attorneys contended Petetan was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.
Appeals court Judge Elsa Alcala said Wednesday she would have waited to rule until the Supreme Court decides another case questioning the constitutionality of how Texas determines intellectual disability.