Convicted Murderer Colton Pitonyak Given Chance for New Trial

More than six years after he went to jail for the murder of Jennifer Cave, a former University of Texas student and Carroll High School graduate, Colton Pitonyak's lawyers dropped a bombshell this week, and it may be enough to get him another trial.

Pitonyak's attorneys said that his friend, Laura Hall, who is serving 10 year for tampering with evidence, gave a confession to two inmates, who then reported that information to the jail counselors. They said that the information was documented, but never turned over to the defense.

On Tuesday, the fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to give Pitonyak's attorneys a hearing to prove why he deserves a new trial.

The district attorney would not go into specifics, but is agreeing to test some evidence previously not tested, and some evidence will be retested.

It was back in August of 2005 when 21-year old Jennifer Cave was stabbed and dismembered. It happened in Pitonyak's bathtub. He was later convicted and given a 55-year sentence.

Pitonyak's friend Laura Hall is serving 10 years for tampering with evidence.

Cave's mother, Sharon, still lives here in Corpus Christi.

"A jury, in Travis County, of 12 people found Colton Pitonyak guilty, and a jury of 12 people, in Travis County, sentenced him to 55 years," Sharon Cave said over the phone. "I stand behind that jury for all the hard work that they did, and I will stand behind that jury and their decisions."

There has been no word as to when that hearing will take place.


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