Evidence tampering charge latest twist in Pettey murder case

Calvin Duane Pettey

A Frankford, Mo. woman who admitted at trial that she tried to destroy evidence used to convict her lover of murder now faces charges of her own.

Rebecca Jeanne Kirk, 40, was charged Wednesday in Pike County with two felony counts of tampering with evidence. She turned herself in to authorities Wednesday.

The affidavit alleges that Kirk damaged or tried to destroy a rifle, ammunition and clothing at the request of Calvin Duane Pettey on April 15th of 2010.

Pettey was having an affair with Kirk even as he was engaged to Sandra Fugate of Hannibal. He was convicted in June of murdering Fugate on the same day Petty admitted the murder to Kirk. The killing happened just two days before Petty and the victim were to be married.

He was sentenced to live in prison.

Kirk admitted on the witness stand at Petteyâ??s trial that she followed through on the defendantâ??s request to destroy evidence.

A court hearing for Kirk had not been set Wednesday, but the next available date is January Ninth.

Story by Brent Engel.