Tampering case linked to Hannibal murder set for July trial date

Posted: Mar. 27, 2013 10:27 am Updated: Apr. 10, 2013 11:15 am


A Frankford woman charged with tampering with evidence in a Hannibal murder case will go on trial in July.

Rebecca Kirk, 40, is scheduled to go to trial on July 18. Kirk was charged with tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution, a Class D felony, in December. The judge Tuesday ordered all pretrial motions to be filed by April 23, and a pretrial conference will be June 25.

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. 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.

Kirk is free on $5,000 bond.