Mounted on the wall of the circuit courtroom in the Audrain County Courthouse are two white speakers.
Through those speakers, Judge Keith Sutherland’s commanding voice sent out Calvin Duane Pettey’s sentence for first degree murder in June in the shooting death of his fiancé, Sandy Fugate.
Life without parole was the maximum Pettey could get, and that’s exactly what he got.
“He has no remorse for anything,” Fugate’s sister, Melony Rosenburg said after the hearing. “He took Sandy away from her daughter, her mom, her sister, her whole family; and he doesn’t even care. He don’t give a (expletive).”
Pettey’s attorney, Public Defender Todd Schulze, tried a couple of motions in an attempt to help his client - an acquittal despite the jury’s verdict, and a new trial - but they were denied. Schulze argued that Pettey didn’t get a fair trial, did not have an impartial jury, no due process and he said there was an established prejudice. Schulze also noted rules the jury may have been confused by.
In response, Sutherland said he could understand and see an argument for prejudice if there was more than one sentence in the case, but there wasn’t. Life without parole was the lone sentence.
Pettey later told Sutherland that Schulze represented him for “the most part.” When asked by the judge to clarify, Pettey said Schulze had the timeline wrong when presenting the case. Pettey said Columbia, Mo., is 94 miles from Frankford, Mo., where his girlfriend, Rebecca Kirk (whom Pettey was seeing while engaged to Fugate) lived and that it was not possible to get from Frankford to Columbia in an hour and 15 minutes. Pettey said the arrival time mentioned in court, 8:39 a.m., was not correct.
With all said and done, Pettey was escorted out of the courtroom by Audrain County sheriff deputies and taken to the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Fugate’s family members did not wish to give victim impact statements, but that did not stop Fugate’s sister, Kimberly Young. She stormed into the street and yelled at Pettey as he was put into a car and driven away.
“I hope you burn in hell,” Young shouted along with several expletives.
Mary Patterson, Fugate and Young’s mother, rushed over to console her daughter. Young did her best to fight back tears as her eyes gave an angry stare to the vehicle transferring her sister’s convicted murderer.
“He sure did look at me,” Young said. “It wasn’t enough, but I got to speak something.”
Courtroom hearings and trials may not be over for Fugate’s family, however. Charges may come Kirk’s way at some point. Marion County Prosecutor has hinted at the possible charges several times.
“It needs to happen right now,” Rosenburg said. “As soon as they pulled him out of that courtroom, they should have went and got her. They should be at her doorstep right now, arresting her.”
Patterson said her patience, and her daughters’ are running thin with Kirk. Patterson said Kirk is living about a block away currently.
“We’ve got to avoid her, otherwise we’re going to take a chance of things going wrong in court,” Patterson said. “We know Tom’s (Redington) going to take care of it for us.”
“It’s not a complete victory yet,” Young added. “We still go one to go.”
Oct. 1 will be Fugate’s birthday, and just like when she was alive, Fugate’s sisters and family are going to celebrate.
“We all get together and we have our sessions and we sit and think about things that we all did with Sandy,” Patterson said. “Every birthday all the girls get together. They’ll all be together Oct. 1.