Man murders wife who was his pen pal

Carnell Petetan, Jr.

Called a ‘monster’ and ‘evil,’ by those in court, Carnell Petetan, Jr. was sentenced to death Thursday in the murder of estranged wife, Kimberly Farr Petetan

It took jurors in Waco’s 19th State District Court roughly 225 minutes before returning to the courtroom with a punishment-phase verdict.

While they found Petetan was a continuing threat to society, they did not find him exempt from execution on the grounds of mental impairment.

The couple met when Kimberly started writing him in prison in 2009 after she had a chance meeting with his brother.

Kimberly was a recovering drug addict studying to become a drug abuse counselor, and Carnell’s brother believed her story could help his brother.

At the time, Carnell was serving 20 years for shooting two men and attacking another with a chair in separate incidents when he was 16.

Read more at the DailyMail Online.

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