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UPDATE: Petetan Sentenced to Death

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UPDATE: April 29, 2014, 2:15 p.m. -- Carnell Petetan Jr. was sentenced to death Tuesday afternoon. 

Carnell Petetan Jr. was sentenced to death for murdering his estranged wife back in 2012.

The jury went into deliberation at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. They returned nearly four hours later with a sentence of death.

Following the announcement of the death penalty, the judge asked Petetan if there is any reason why he should not be given such a sentence.

Petetan replied, "Because I am not guilty, sir."

Family members of Kimberly Petetan were then given the opportunity to make victim impact statements.

The victim's son, Tyler Farr, took the stand first. He looked Petetan straight in the eyes and said, "I just want to say you're a terrible person and you got what you deserved. The last day I see you is the the last day you'll see anybody."

Farr's little sister and the victim's daughter Allison Williams followed. As she read off a piece of paper, she said, "You did not just take my mom, you took the only person in the world that would give you a second chance."



(KCEN) – Closing arguments will begin Tuesday morning for the sentencing phase of the Carnell Petetan Jr. capital murder trial. Both prosecutors and the defense rested their cases and finished calling witnesses around 3:30p.m. on Monday.

Last week Petetan was found guilty of murdering his estranged wife back in 2012. Now the jury will have to decide whether to give him the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

But at the center of the arguments is whether Petetan is considered mentally retarded; if he is, Petetan cannot be given the death penalty because of an U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Last week the defense had psychologists testify saying testing showed Petetan’s IQ is low and is considered mildly or moderately retarded.

Today prosecutors called several witnesses to refute those claims, trying to prove Petetan is not considered mentally retarded.

Prosecutors read several letters Petetan wrote to his wife Kim, trying to show his intelligence. In the letters, Petetan detailed different businesses ideas he wanted to start after he got out of prison, like a real estate and a bail bonds business.

They called one witness who spent a few days in jail with Petetan. That witness told jurors Petetan said “if he acts like he’s mentally sick, he cannot get the death penalty.”

Closing arguments will begin at 8:30a.m. tomorrow, followed by jurors going into deliberation.
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