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Prosecutors highlight killer's 'ugly, vulgar' past as they push for death penalty

MCLENNAN COUNTY - The punishment phase is underway for a convicted killer in McLennan County. Monday evening, a jury found Carnell Petetan Jr. guilty of capital murder in the shooting death of his wife, Kimberly.  

Prosecutors want Petetan to get the death penalty.  They are painting a vivid picture of Petetan's past, calling it ugly and vulgar.  They say he victimized people throughout his life, even when he was in prison.

Tuesday morning, a teacher testified about the day Petetan threw a tray of food on her, then a friend recounted how Petetan shot him twice for no apparent reason.

Prosecutors say Petetan also randomly shot an elderly man walking down the street. Another man said Petetan put him in a coma during a fight.     

A director with the state juvenile justice system testified that he and his colleagues exhausted all attempts at rehabilitation for Petetan.

Petetan was arrested 18 times and ended up going to prison as a teen, serving nearly 20 years. But the crimes didn't necessarily stop behind bars. Prosecutors say Petetan masturbated in front of guards and offered them sexual favors.

They say he also attacked several inmates on several occasions and raped at least one of them.

Prosecutors called 15 witnesses to the stand today.  The defense will bring in their witnesses when the trial resumes Wednesday morning.
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