Frankford woman waives preliminary hearing on evidence-tampering charge arising from murder

Rebecca Kirk, right, girlfriend of convicted murderer Calvin Duane Pettey, walks from Marion County Courthouse after testifying at Pettey's trial in June 2010. Kirk faces a felony tampering with evidence in the murder. (H-W File Photo/Michael Kipley)
Posted: Feb. 20, 2013 5:14 pm Updated: Mar. 6, 2013 6:15 pm


BOWLING GREEN, Mo. -- A Frankford woman charged with tampering with evidence in a Hannibal murder case waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Rebecca Kirk, 40, will return to court for an arraignment hearing March 26. Kirk was charged with tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution, a Class D felony, in December. She is free on $5,000 bond.

Kirk testified last year in the murder trial of her lover, Calvin Duane Pettey. Pettey is serving a life sentence for the killing of his fiancee, Sandra Fugate, who was murdered on April 17, 2010, two days before the two were supposed to be married.

During her trial testimony, Kirk explained that she and Pettey were lovers. The two plotted to kill Fugate because Pettey didn't want to go through with the wedding, she said, although she withdrew her involvement in several murder plans. She did admit to the disposal of evidence and never told police or Fugate about the plot.

A probable-cause statement from the Hannibal Police Department indicates that Kirk removed the gun used to kill Fugate from Pettey's van. Kirk also took ammunition and a bag of Pettey's clothing. Later on the day of the murder, Kirk dismantled a .22-caliber rifle and threw the barrel and trigger mechanism into the Salt River in Ralls County, according to court documents filed in Pike County.