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Nacogdoches murderer agrees to lose parental rights

Kyle Barnhill. Photo Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Kyle Barnhill. Photo Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches man convicted of murdering his estranged wife has agreed to terminate the parental rights of his two daughters.

Kyle Edwin Barnhill, 47, was back in Nacogdoches on Wednesday, this time fighting for custody of his children.

After representing himself in the jury selection before a parental hearing case, Barnhill worked out an agreement on a settlement to terminate his rights.

According to the docket notes made by the court, the terms are that Barnhill will receive an annual report on his daughters, Barnhill will be allowed to send a letter every two months to the girls (which the adoptive parents can make a judgment call to give to them), the Barnhill grandparents will have reasonable access to the girls and Barnhill will not appeal the decision.

A formal adoption is expected to take place Wednesday. Barnhill's biological daughters have lived with their future adoptive parents since the night the murder took place.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice transported Barnhill to the Nacogdoches Courthouse under heavy security on Wednesday.

"TDCJ takes appropriate steps when transporting offenders to court appearances to ensure the safety and security of everyone involved," said Jason Clark, the public information officer for TDCJ, through an email statement.

Barnhill shot his estranged wife, Melissa Barnhill, through her kitchen window in 2009, with his two daughters in the house. Now, another family wants to adopt the girls. But in order to do so, Barnhill must terminate his parental rights, which he is contesting.

A jury found Barnhill guilty of murder in September 2009 and also sentenced him to life in prison.

Barnhill confessed in a telephone interview with KTRE to killing his wife in May 2009.

Barnhill appealed the verdict, which was last denied in April 2011, according to district clerk records.

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