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Wife given $750K bond in 1st-degree murder case of Arden surgeon

Brenda McCutcheon made her first court appearance on Thursday after being indicted and arrested on a first-degree murder charge. (Photo credit: VineLink)

A Buncombe County judge has granted the woman indicted for the 2016 murder of her husband, Dr. Frank "Buddy" McCutcheon, a $750,000 bond, with $250,000 of it secured.

Brenda McCutcheon made her first court appearance on Thursday after being indicted and arrested on a first-degree murder charge. She turned herself in to authorities around 7 a.m.

Along with the bond, Judge Alan Thornburg ordered McCutcheon to report weekly to authorities in Tennessee, where she currently lives.

During the hearing, defense lawyer Sean Devereux asked the judge if McCutcheon could be unbound by handcuffs for the appearance. The judge denied the request.

On July 16, 2016, Buncombe County authorities arrived at the couple's home on Tree Top Drive, where they found Dr. Frank McCutcheon, 64, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Frank McCutcheon worked at Cosmetic Surgery of Asheville, which has since closed.

Brenda's attorney said in court that the 67-year-old was married to her plastic surgeon husband for 32 years. He said she grew up in Tennessee, is a registered nurse, and even worked in Dr. McCutcheon's office.

As News 13 previously reported, records confirm that Dr. McCutcheon and his wife were under investigation by the Department of Revenue. Warrants showed agents met with the couple days before Frank was found dead.

That same warrant also revealed more details about the night McCutcheon was found dead in the couple’s TV room, which had a back door open. Documents 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 and denied shooting her husband.

Brenda McCutcheon's next court date is scheduled for December 4, 2017.

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