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Police release identity of woman found in burnt-out home

Prescott police released the identity Tuesday of the woman found dead inside a bedroom of a burnt-out home in the 700 block of Campbell Avenue this past Wednesday morning.

According to the Yavapai County Medical Examiner, Carey L. Johnson, 44, the renter of the home and the girlfriend of Zachary Stuart Sutton, died from multiple stab wounds and was dead before the fire started, said Lt, Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

Prescott police detectives arrested Sutton, 24, of Prescott last 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 last Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder, arson of an occupied structure, and interference with judicial proceedings.

Sutton remains in custody without bond in the county jail where he awaits his next court appearance at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in Division 3 of the Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde, Reinhardt said.

"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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