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Jury returns with guilty verdict in Brenda McCutcheon murder trial

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FILE - Brenda McCutcheon was found guilty first-degree murder in the 2016 shooting death of her husband, Dr. Frank "Buddy" McCutcheon. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

A Buncombe County jury has found an Arden woman guilty of killing her husband in 2016.

MCCUTCHEON MURDER TRIAL GOES TO JURY

Brenda Kay Parker McCutcheon, 69, was found guilty on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, of shooting her husband, Dr. Frank “Buddy” McCutcheon in the back of the head while he slept at their Arden home on Tree Top Drive on July 16, 2016.

John McCutcheon, the brother of Dr. Buddy McCutcheon, spoke with News 13 from his home in Fayetteville, Arkansas, moments after the jury delivered the guilty verdict. He said he was in shock but grateful the 10 female and two male jurors found his brother’s wife guilty.

“We are relieved the trial is over after three-and-a-half years. We loved our brother. He was a good doctor, a good friend,” John McCutcheon said. “For 34 years she (Brenda) was a very good sister-in-law, and then, what happened was, she snapped and murdered my brother. I’m just trying to absorb everything. But we’re glad the jury found her guilty, and the prosecutors did a good job.”

The family business the McCutcheons ran was under investigation by the North Carolina Department of Revenue amid embezzlement suspicions at the time of his death. Brenda McCutcheon had a key role in the finances of the business.

Immediately after killing Frank, Brenda McCutcheon began shredding important documents related to the business, sold their home and moved to Tennessee.

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McCutcheon's two sisters sat behind Brenda McCutcheon for the 24-day trial. They wept when they heard the verdict. The two women hugged Brenda McCutcheon before bailiffs handcuffed her and took her to jail, going down a courthouse elevator.

The female prosecution team -- Amy Broughton and Meghan Lock -- delivered powerful closing arguments, painting Brenda McCutcheon as an angry wife who resented her husband losing jobs and leading them into financial problems by not paying taxes dating to 2006.

“As always, I thank the jury for their hard work over the past several weeks. Assistant District Attorneys Amy Broughton and Meghan Lock built an ironclad case that brought justice for Frank McCuthcheon, and those who loved him. I wish all who were shocked by the sudden loss of Buddy and the manner of his passing, peace and healing,” District Attorney Todd Williams said.

Brenda McCutcheon was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Peter Knight to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

It’s expected Brenda McCutcheon will appeal the verdict, but she will remain in prison during any appeal process.

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