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Tue, Feb. 18

Woman found in burnt-out home died from multiple stab wounds

The Yavapai County Medical Examiner's preliminary report indicated the woman found dead inside a burnt-out home Wednesday morning died from multiple stab wounds and was dead before the fire started, a police spokesman said.

On Thursday afternoon, Prescott police detectives attended the autopsy of the woman found in the bedroom of a home in the 600 block of Campbell Street.

Positive identification of the victim is not possible at this time, pending further dental record examination, Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department said.

"Police believe the woman who rented the home may be the victim but cannot release her identity until positive identification is made by the medical examiner," Reinhardt said. "No one has heard from or seen the renter since this happened."

Prescott police detectives arrested Zachary Stuart Sutton, 24, on Wednesday after he "did admit to detectives that he killed her prior to lighting the house on fire," Reinhardt said.

An officer booked Sutton into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder, arson of an occupied structure, and interference with judicial proceedings.

"The individual in custody has had multiple police contacts in the past, an extensive criminal history and previous domestic violence incidents with the victim," Reinhardt said.

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