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Texas Court Upholds Death Penalty:  The death sentence of a Texas ex-con who murdered his wife five years ago was upheld Wednesday in an 8-1 decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.  Tommy Witherspoon of the Waco Tribune reports that Carnell Petetan Jr. had only been out of prison for a few months when he broke into his estranged wife's home and shot her dead in front of her daughter.  The victim had befriended Petetan and became his pen pal while he was serving a prison sentence for shooting two men and attacking a third with a chair when he was 16.  On appeal Petetan raised 30 claims of trial and sentencing error including that he was ineligible for execution because of a mental impairment.  While in prison for his previous crimes Petetan sexaully assaulted three other inmates and attacked guards.  

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