Wife of well-known Arden doctor set for trial as jury selection begins for 2016 murder

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Brenda McCutcheon is charged with first-degree murder in the 2016 shooting death of her husband, Dr. Frank "Buddy" McCutcheon. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The trial for an Arden woman, charged with murdering her husband in July 2016, is scheduled to begin this week in Buncombe County.

Brenda Kay Parker McCutcheon was indicted in November 2018 for the murder of Dr. Frank “Buddy” McCutcheon. Dr. McCutcheon, 64, a well-known plastic surgeon, was found shot to death in their Arden home on Tree Top Drive on July 16, 2016, just after 3:30 a.m.

Dr. McCutcheon’s wife, Brenda, called 911 and told the dispatcher she had found her husband dead, shot in the head, on the downstairs couch where he usually sleeps. Brenda told the dispatcher her husband always slept on the couch because he snored and couldn’t sleep without the television on.

A week later, News 13 obtained search warrants focusing on Dr. McCutcheon and his wife, outlining an investigation by the North Carolina Department of Revenue. The couple was being investigated on possible charges of embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretenses.

According to the warrant, Brenda knew about the investigation since at least July 11. Agents from the Department of Revenue spoke with her and her husband at his office, Cosmetic Surgery of Asheville. They asked for records on payroll reports and tax returns.

The warrants also revealed more details about the night Dr. McCutcheon was found dead in the couple’s home. Buncombe County Sheriff’s deputies interviewed Brenda and she denied shooting her husband, according to the warrant. The warrant also stated deputies found a handgun in ivy outside the house, which is believed to be owned by the couple. According to the warrant Brenda denied putting the gun in the ivy.

In addition, investigators went to a unit in a Sweeten Creek Road storage facility, which warrants indicate Brenda McCutcheon rented. Detectives seized 55 boxes, some were labeled "personal taxes" dating back to 2001 and others were labeled "insurance claims."

The manager of the facility told News 13 detectives were at the facility for two days, taking boxes and reviewing surveillance footage. Warrants say Brenda McCutcheon contacted a shredding company to shred the contents of about 40 boxes at the unit on July 27, 2016.

Months later, in November 2017, Brenda McCutcheon was indicted for first-degree murder.

Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams tells News 13 jury selection for Brenda McCutcheon is scheduled to start on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

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