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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Pike County may charge Pettey's girlfriend

  • At Pettey's trial, Kirk testified she knew Pettey was planning to kill Fugate, testified she was part of three scenarios Pettey developed to go through with the shooting and testified she and Pettey went to her house where her estranged husband was living and showed Pettey his gun collection. But the biggest thing Kirk said o...
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  • Mary Patterson is doing the best she can to stay strong every day.
    Her former son-in-law-to-be Calvin Duane Pettey was convicted of first degree murder in the shooting death of his fiance, Patterson's daughter, Sandy Fugate earlier this summer.
    She has fought the emotions of discovering her daughter dead, describing what she saw to a jury at Pettey's trial and knowing Pettey's girlfriend on the side, Becky Kirk, is still a free woman. It continues to get to her.
    At Pettey's trial, Kirk testified she knew Pettey was planning to kill Fugate, testified she was part of three scenarios Pettey developed to go through with the shooting and testified she and Pettey went to her house where her estranged husband was living and showed Pettey his gun collection. But the biggest thing Kirk said on the stand could play a role in possible pending charges against her.
    Kirk said she destroyed evidence and never warned authorities or Fugate herself.
    Some of it she burned, the rest she discarded in a river, she testified.
    And since she said she did that in Pike County, in the vicinity of Frankford to be exact, Kirk may be facing charges in a judicial circuit two counties away from where Fugate's murder was committed.
    Marion County Prosecutor Tom Redington hinted in his closing arguments to the jury at Pettey's trial that Kirk would "get her day in court," and it leaves the looming question if this is the approach to that moment.
    Patterson said she's been trying to stay in touch with Redington's office and was told news of something involving Kirk could break at different times.
    "Since she destroyed the evidence in Pike County, Pike County is going to charge her. So I'm waiting on them to decide. I think they've have long enough to decide," Patterson told the Courier-Post. "Patience is running thin for family, friends and co-workers. We're all basically getting kind of told that she can plan a murder and still walk the streets."
    Pike County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Fisher confirmed he's looking into Kirk.
    "I am reviewing documentation that has been provided to me to determine whether or not I believe charges are appropriate," Fisher said.
    In the meantime, Patterson and her daughters, her sisters, friends and many others wait. But even that is hard because Patterson said Kirk is living a couple blocks away from her along Shawnee Trail — which also isn't far from the house on Iowa Street Fugate was living in with Pettey. The house Fugate was shot in.
    "We're running into her at Walmart, Krogers. I'm really getting kind of tired of having to change my life pattern so I don't run into her. She's not even a block from the house Sandy was shot in. She's just right over across the road from there," Patterson said. "Why would you want to move closer to the house?"
    Page 2 of 2 - The time it's taking to see if Kirk will even face justice at all is also trying Patterson's faith with the judicial system.
    "We're getting very disappointed," she said.
    Pike County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Fisher confirmed he's looking into Kirk.
    "I am reviewing documentation that has been provided to me to determine whether or not I believe charges are appropriate," Fisher said.
    In the meantime, Patterson and her daughters, her sisters, friends and many others wait. But even that is hard because Patterson said Kirk is living a couple blocks away from her along Shawnee Trail — which also isn't far from the house on Iowa Street Fugate was living in with Pettey. The house Fugate was shot in.
    "We're running into her at Walmart, Krogers. I'm really getting kind of tired of having to change my life pattern so I don't run into her. She's not even a block from the house Sandy was shot in. She's just right over across the road from there," Patterson said. "Why would you want to move closer to the house?"
    The time it's taking to see if Kirk will even face justice at all is also trying Patterson's faith with the judicial system.
    "We're getting very disappointed," she said.

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