Why Did Brenda McCutcheon Kill Dr. Frank Buddy McCutcheon?
Buddy died on July 16, 2016, when his wife, Brenda McCutcheon, savagely murdered him. During a state inquiry into his practice for potential embezzlement, she shot her 32-year-old husband in the head.
Buddy and his wife, who worked at Cosmetic Surgery of Asheville at the time, were accused of retaining employees' paycheck withholdings and failing to pay them to the North Carolina Department of Revenue as taxes, according to the Citizen-Times.
Misuse of payroll withholdings is deemed embezzlement in North Carolina, and the couple was slapped with court documents just days before his terrible death.
An Asheville woman sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder of her husband Dr. Frank McCutcheon, lost a court appeal bid. https://t.co/1RcTA25KXp— The Citizen Times (@asheville) December 24, 2021
Although it is uncertain whether the embezzlement claims were the cause of his death, Brenda was arrested and charged with his murder shortly after. At the age of 69, a jury found her guilty and sentenced her to life in prison in February 2020.
Brenda has maintained her innocence despite being found guilty and has since appealed the judgment, arguing that the trial court made a simple mistake by accepting testimony from Buddy's brother indicating how Buddy's death had affected him, according to court documents acquired by ABC15 News.