Rebecca Kirk is out on bond following charges filed against her in Pike County Wednesday.
She is the girlfriend of Calvin Duane Pettey who was convicted of murder last June in the 2010 shooting death of Sandy Fugate of Hannibal. Kirk is charged with two counts of tampering with physical evidence in Pike County. The offense is a Class D felony.
During Pettey's trial Kirk admitted on the stand she "destroyed evidence." Now those actions — which took place in Pike County, according to testimony and court records — have her facing an upcoming court date at the Pike County Courthouse in Bowling Green. That date however has yet to be set.
According to court documents the two charges allege Kirk "destroyed clothing, the wood stock of a .22 rifle and concealed ammunition all with the purpose to impair its availability in an official investigation and impaired or obstructed the prosecution of Calvin Duane Pettey" in his first-degree murder trial.
The Probable Cause Statement says Kirk and Pettey returned to Kirk's house in Frankford the day Fugate was killed (April 15, 2010) after returning from Columbia, Mo. where she "removed from Pettey's van, the gun used to kill Sandy Fugate, ammunition and a bag containing Pettey's clothes."
Later that day, according to the Probable Cause Statement, Kirk "dismantled the .22 rifle and threw the barrel and trigger mechanism into the Salt River in Ralls County. She threw ammunition into Peno Creek in Pike County near Frankford. She burned the clothing and stock of the rifle at the home of her husband, to whom she was separated from near Frankford."
If convicted, Kirk is looking at eight years in prison — four years for each charge. She bonded out of jail when she paid $500 of her $5,000 bond.
Family members disappointed
News of Kirk's arrest is leaving Sandy Fugate's family.
They were hoping accessory to murder charges or something that could put Kirk in prison for a longer term.
Mary Patterson said she and her family are "very pissed" about the charges that came Kirk's way.
"I'll be straight up with you, there's no sugar coating it anymore. This isn't right. I think she was at least there (at the time of the murder), there's more to it than what she's saying. I wonder myself if she didn't pull the trigger or if she was standing there egging him on," Patterson said. "She doesn't know what I'm going through. If she was in my shoes, how would she handle it. She shouldn't be with her family, her friends — if they have anything to do with her."
Fugate's sister, Kimberly Young, is furious about the charges.
"Excuse my language. I think it's a bunch of f****** bull s*** that she got on the stand and said she is 100 percent guilty, the only thing she didn't do is pull the trigger. And here she's going to get four years — if she gets that all. She's going to have a felony on her record, but I don't see where that's doing any justice," Young said. "She took him to go get the gun, she took him to practice shooting. She put up notes, went to my sister's house and was going to shoot him on several different occasions. Now she's just going to get tampering with evidence. She could've stopped everything and she didn't, but now all she's going to get is a slap on the wrist? You got people out here who get DWIs and serve 10 years in prison and this mother f***** basically killed my sister and she's getting a slap on the wrist."
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