ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The shocking development regarding Travis County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Craig Hutchinson’s death being ruled a suicide by Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell is being disputed by Hutchinson’s wife. Vikki McKinney-Hutchinson says she strongly disagrees with any finding that Hutchinson’s death was a suicide.
Throughout the investigation, KXAN’s Sally Hernandez has been in contact with Vikki, who has not spoken to the media until now. She says she’s heartbroken and devastated at the loss of her husband but says she trusts KXAN’s coverage and that’s why she is only releasing a statement to us:
“I respect the amount of effort and time that has gone into analyzing the facts of the night of his death. He was shot through his left hand and just above his eyebrow to the left frontal lobe with his own gun. That is a fact. There are no suspects and no leads. That is fact. There is no evidence that there was another person at the scene. That is a fact. That does not mean he killed himself. I simply do not believe that Craig, the kind, confident, and self-assure man we all knew, killed himself. Craig was not a spontaneous person, an angry man or unpredictable man, and everyone who knew him and who has been spoken to has agreed with this. I reiterate. I do believe that my husband was killed, and those who killed him have not been caught.”
Vikki says despite reports that debt or finances were part of the death investigation—Williamson County court records indicate their home on Oak Meadow Drive was foreclosed on at the end of June and was put up for sale on Aug. 2, the same day of Hutchinson’s funeral—she says those items would not have led her husband to kill himself “due to financial debt or emotional issues.” Vikki contends that their “debt was not out of control.” Round Rock police revealed during Friday’s briefing that Hutchinson’s vehicle had been repossessed twice, most recently in June.
During Friday’s briefing, Round Rock police said medical records indicate in 2014 and 2015 Hutchinson was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other disorders.
She says even with Hutchinson’s pension, he was planning to work after retiring in September. “There were no concerns about our financial future. We were just anxious and giddy to get started and move forward to the next phase of our lives,” continues Vikki in her correspondence with KXAN.