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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Witnesses say Hannibal man confessed to murder

  •  A Hannibal murder suspect allegedly admitted killing his fiance and asking others to dispose of the gun, ammunition and clothes he was wearing.

       Forty-year-old C. Duane Pettey is charged with first-degree murder in the April 15 death of 32-year-old Sandra M. “Sandi” Fugate. The two had been engaged for about a year and were to be married Saturday.


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  •  A Hannibal murder suspect allegedly admitted killing his fiance and asking others to dispose of the gun, ammunition and clothes he was wearing.
       Forty-year-old C. Duane Pettey is charged with first-degree murder in the April 15 death of 32-year-old Sandra M. “Sandi” Fugate. The two had been engaged for about a year and were to be married Saturday.
       A probable cause statement filed Monday in Marion County Circuit Court shows one witness told authorities Pettey had said “he killed Sandy and needed her to get rid of the evidnece (sic).”
       Another person told authorities Pettey had “put a white box in my van” that “reached almost across the entire floor from one side to the other. He handed me a trash bag.”
       Pettey then allegedly “told me it had to be burnt. He told me to make sure I burn (sic) the bag because they could get prints off of the bag. He told me to take the gun apart.”
       The witness reported Pettey indicated “the metal part had to go in a body of water and I had to burn the wooden part. He said I needed to get rid of the bullets and to dump them in a body of water because they may have his prints on them.”
       Pettey allegedly told the witness “not to put the ammunition and the gun part in the same body of water,” according to the statement.
       A third witness reported a conversation she had with a woman motorist. The woman “kept driving and I asked her why she wanted to go to the river,” the statement reads.
       The driver “said ‘That thing I told you about he told me he did it this morning,’” the witness quotes the driver as saying.
       “I asked her what thing and she said the thing we were talking about before he did himself this morning,” the witness continued. “I asked her what she meant and she said he killed her.”
       When the witness didn’t believe the story, the statement says the driver then indicated Fugate really was dead.
       “I asked why we were going to the river and she said he gave me the gun and his clothes and I’m supposed to get rid of them,” according to the statement.
        The edited document offers incomplete remarks from each of the witnesses, who are not identified. Large parts of it also have been blacked out.
       Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Redington, who filed the first-degree murder charge, declined to comment. It was unclear if Pettey had an attorney.
       The complaint Redington filed with the court says Pettey “knowingly caused the death of Sandra M. Fugate after deliberation upon the matter, by shooting her.”
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