Posted: Mar 21, 2013 2:16 PM by KXAN News
AUSTIN (KXAN) - A man sent to prison for one of Austin's most notorious murders could have the chance of a new trial.
The case dates back to summer 2005 when police found Corpus Christi native Jennifer Cave's dismembered body inside an apartment in West Campus.
Colton Pitonyak was convicted of murder, now serving a lengthy prison sentence.
Laura Hall -- his girlfriend at the time -- is serving a collective 11-year prison sentence for tampering with evidence in the cover-up.
However, Pitonyak's attorneys are taking the first step that could land them an appeal. It's also one that could also end with a new trial.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has just ruled that their claim deserves further review, so the court is granting a hearing.
Pitonyak's lawyers say key evidence was withheld when Hall gave an alleged confession saying she hated the victim.
Pitonyak's lawyers want to use that and other evidence to show that Hall is really the one who killed Cave.
Read more at KXAN.com - http://bit.ly/XrSWsv
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