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Man Convicted Of 2005 West Campus Murder Will Have Case Reviewed
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to review Colton Pitonyak's conviction for the 2005 West Campus murder of Jennifer Cave.
Jennifer Cave, 21, was found dead in an apartment near the UT Campus in August of 2005. A family friend broke into Pitonyak's apartment, then a 22-year-old University of Texas student, and found Cave's body in bathtub. She had been shot, stabbed and dismembered.
Pitonyak was convicted of Cave's murder and is serving 55 years in prison.
Joe Turner, Pitonyak's attorney, says the State violated Brady V. Maryland – in essence, the State withheld favorable evidence in his original trial.
Pitonyak has previously accused Laura Hall, his lover, of killing Cave.
In 2007, a Travis County jury convicted Hall of felony tampering with evidence and a misdemeanor charge of hindering apprehension. She challenged her five year prison sentence. A new jury gave her a 10 year sentence.
Pitonyak's previous requests for a new hearing failed at all levels of state appellate courts.
Pitonyak’s attorneys have until April 22 to file their briefing. After the filing, a scheduling order will be set for the government to respond. They'll then decide to have an oral argument or make a decision based on the brief's both sides presented.
To see a timeline of the case, go to http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/depth-coverage/stories/5-jennifer-cave-murder.shtml#.UUocrNXh58E.