The wife of a military officer has been charged with second degree murder for allegedly stabbing him to death in their Laurel home. Police believe the incident occurred as the couple’s toddler was inside the home. The child was not injured.

Anne Arundel County police were called to the 8300 block of Frostwood Road in Laurel about 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13 to check on the residents. Inside the home, they found Johnnie Sutton III, 38, suffering from several stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.

Police initially did not release information about a suspect in the case. The next day, however, Sutton’s wife, Marquita Sharrice Berry-Sutton, 30, turned herself in to authorities. She was charged with second-degree murder in the case and was ordered held without bail by an Anne Arundel District Court judge after a brief hearing Dec. 16.

Police said Sutton was in the U.S. Army.

According to, Sutton may have implicated herself in the killing, allegedly telling investigators that she stabbed her husband as they fought.

Court records in Anne Arundel District Court show that a protective order was filed against Sutton on June 16 ordering that he “shall not abuse, shall not contact, shall vacate the home and shall not enter the residence. The order was valid through June 21.

At a hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. June 21, the order was dismissed. “Petitioner requested dismissal,” the record shows. The name of the petitioner could not be determined.

The Fox 5 website said authorities were notified after officials at Fort Meade called the property manager at the complex where the Suttons lived and asked him to check on the family. The manager apparently called police.

“According to a court affidavit, Marquita Sutton told this story to police: she said last Thursday, her husband tried to sexually assault her inside the home the two shared in Laurel. She grabbed a stun gun, used it against her husband and there was then a fight. Sutton says she was able to get into a bedroom, grab a knife and stab her husband, but exactly what happened after that is unclear.”

Fox 5 website reported that Sutton’s body was found wrapped in a blanket and “his head was covered with a plastic bag.”

Police said Berry-Sutton claimed to have injured her arm in the fight and that she moved Sutton’s car away from the front of their home after the incident, the website reported.

According to court records, Berry-Sutton is 5’4 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

The record listed her address as the 5400 block of Marinelli Road in Rockville.


Zachary Lester

AFRO Staff Writer