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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Understanding the Rebecca Kirk case

  • The details and information of the case against Rebecca Kirk may be difficult to take in. There’s many names and past references being made which can cause a mix up in understand. Well to help our readers out, here’s a breakdown of some questions and answers that’ll make understanding the case better.
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  • The details and information of the case against Rebecca Kirk may be difficult to take in. There’s many names and past references being made which can cause a mix up in understand. Well to help our readers out, here’s a breakdown of some questions and answers that’ll make understanding the case better.
    Q: Who are Rebecca Kirk?
    A: Rebecca Kirk was Calvin Duane Pettey’s girlfriend in April 2010 when he was still engaged to Sandy Fugate. Sandy Fugate was shot and killed in April 2010 at the home she shared with Pettey in Hannibal. Pettey was charged with first degree and was convicted in June 2012. He was sentenced to life in prison.
    Q: Where does Rebecca Kirk fit into all of this?
    A: Rebecca Kirk testified at Pettey’s preliminary hearing and trial. She said Pettey came up with a plan to shoot and kill Sandy Fugate that included different scenarios. At trial, Kirk said she showed Pettey her husband’s guns, practiced one of the killing scenarios and eventually burned Pettey’s clothing, dismantled the gun and disposed it. It even came to light at Pettey’s trial that Kirk drove into Hannibal to go through with a plan to kill Fugate, but it was all aborted when Fugate wasn’t home.  
    Q: Why is Kirk being charged in Pike County?
    A: Kirk is a Pike County resident from Frankford. She is charged with two counts of tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution. Records and Pettey trial information show Kirk disposed the ammunition in Peno Creek and burned the rifle stock near her husband’s home in Frankford. Records also show she also threw the barrel and trigger mechanism of the rifle into the Salt River in Ralls County.
    Q: If she admitted to things on the stand at Pettey’s trial, doesn’t she face additional charges for pleading not guilty to her current charges?
    A: Here’s what Pike County Prosecutor Mark Fisher told the Courier-Post: “We have trials all the time where people gave a confession and they may argue that the confession didn’t really mean what it said. If she pleads not guilty and wants a trial, doesn’t mean she’s not saying anything different than what she said before. Until she takes the stand and testifies differently, there would be no perjury involved,” Fisher said. “She may plead not guilty for a variety of reasons. She may simply want her day in court. Somebody could be guilty and absolutely know they’re guilty, they’ll still want their day in court, want a trial. They’ll want a jury to make that determination that they’re guilty instead of a judge or instead of them admitting it by pleading guilty.”

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