Laurel woman claims self defense in stabbing death of U.S. Army husband

LAUREL, Md. - The Laurel woman accused of stabbing her husband to death on Thursday was denied bond Monday following a bail review hearing in Anne Arundel County District Court.

According to charging documents, Marquita Sutton, 30, turned herself in to police Saturday and admitted stabbing her husband, Johnnie Sutton III, a U.S. Army service member. She claimed that the stabbing was done in self defense after he allegedly tried to sexually assault her.

Sutton, who is charged with second-degree murder, told police that she first reached for a "stun gun" and used it against her husband. Sutton then told police that her husband tried to attack her at which time she retrieved a knife from the bedroom and stabbed him several times, according to charging documents.

Officers responded to the couple's home, located in the 8300 block of Frostwood Drive, following a call to check on Johnnie Sutton's wellbeing, according to charging documents.

When officers arrived, the property manager let them into the residence where they discovered Johnnie Sutton's body wrapped in a dark colored blanket. His head was also wrapped in what appeared to be a dark colored plastic bag.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death "multiple sharp forced injuries" and declared the death a homicide.

Marquita Sutton would not discuss with police why or how the victim had been wrapped in a blanket, charging documents state. She would only say that she suffered from a "traumatic event," and that she suffered a dislocated right shoulder as a result of the attack from her husband. 

Sutton added that she moved her husband's vehicle about a block away after the homicide to conceal her husband's death. Police say the couple has a 21-month-old child who was home at the time of the killing, but the child was not harmed.

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