Michael Sutton, the man accused of killing his wife in west Raleigh, has been charged with attempted murder in the past, a state criminal background check shows.
Johnston County sheriff’s deputies arrested Sutton, 42, at his home on Valleyfield Drive in Clayton on Friday. He is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Tonya Sutton, just before 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Arbor Reserve apartment complex, just east of Rex Hospital in Raleigh.
He is also charged with first-degree attempted murder, discharging a weapon in an occupied dwelling and breaking and entering.
The man who called 911 said Tonya Sutton, 39, was with him in his apartment when Michael Sutton began firing through the front door on Thursday morning. Michael Sutton then entered the apartment and fired several more shots.
Police noted in an arrest warrant that Michael Sutton is being charged for attempting to kill the 911 caller.
It is not clear how the caller is connected to the victim and suspect.
This is not the first time Michael Sutton has been accused of trying to kill someone.
In 2001, he was charged with first-degree arson and attempted murder in Raleigh. A jury decided he was not guilty.
Michael Sutton’s criminal record dates back to 1990 in Georgia, where he was charged with theft, aggravated battery, trespassing and driving under the influence of alcohol during a span of 13 years. He was found guilty of simple battery in 1990 and served 12 months for an aggravated assault conviction, both in Georgia.
Sutton will appear in Wake County court Tuesday for his most recent charges.