Wife charged in husband's murder being held without bond - KMSP-TV

Wife charged in husband's murder being held without bond

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Marquita Sutton Marquita Sutton
LAUREL, Md. -

There are new details in the murder of an Army sergeant whose body was found wrapped in a blanket and plastic bag inside his Laurel home. A judge found enough evidence Monday to hold his wife without bond.

Marquita Sutton was charged with second-degree murder after telling investigators with Anne Arundel County police she stabbed her husband, Johnnie, during a fight, but declined to say how his body came to be wrapped the way it was.

Police were called to the couple’s home on Frostwood Drive Friday morning after the property manager got a call from the Army at Fort Meade.

They wanted to know if she could go with the police to check on Johnnie?

According to a court affidavit, Marquita Sutton told this story to police: she said last Thursday, her husband tried to sexually assault her inside the home the two shared in Laurel. She grabbed a stun gun, used it against her husband and there was then a fight. Sutton says she was able to get into a bedroom, grab a knife and stab her husband, but exactly what happened after that is unclear.

Police say they found his body just inside the front door wrapped in the blanket. His head was covered with a plastic bag.

"It's important to let the community know this has nothing to do with a recent homicide that occurred in this same community just about two weeks ago, on the other side of Rustic Green,” Officer T.J. Smith told reporters.

Marquita Sutton hired an attorney before going to police on Saturday.

The court affidavit says she suffered a "traumatic event" and dislocated her right shoulder during the fight.

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she was upset to hear the couple had a young child.

"It's a sad day. Wish people wouldn't do this. There are other ways -- walk out, get away from it, you know?” said the neighbor.

Police say Sutton moved her husband’s vehicle about a block away in order to conceal his death.

FOX 5 tried to reach Sutton’s attorney for comment, but he has not returned our call.


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