Woman facing murder trial connected to 1994 cold case

Woman facing murder trial connected to 1994 cold case

Kimberly Sutton (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Kimberly Sutton (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The woman involved in a love triangle that sparked a recent arrest in a 1994 cold case is already facing felony murder charges in connection with a 2011 murder.

Kimberly Sutton's ex-husband David Hopkins was arrested recently in connection with the killing of George Anthony "Tony" Barrett in July 1994.

Police believe the motivation behind Barrett's death may have been a love triangle involving Sutton.

Meanwhile, Sutton was originally set to begin a trial next week in the Nov. 18, 2011 death of Richard Lucas in North Knoxville. The trial's state date was pushed back to July 24 on Friday.

Sutton's accomplice Joseph Underwood beat and stabbed Lucas in his home, bound his hands with tape and helped put him in a storage bin, according to court affidavits.

Those affidavits also say Sutton helped clean the scene. She and Underwood are accused of taking several items including tents, knives, sleeping bags and CDs from Lucas' home.

Sutton also has a lengthy police record, which includes arrests for shoplifting, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication and hitchhiking.

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