February 22, 2011
Posted: 12:48 PM ET
Coral Gables, FL – Christopher Sutton is John and Susan Sutton’s first child. They adopted him at birth on April 13, 1979.
As the years passed, Christopher became a very troubled child. His father, John Sutton, testified that Christopher was “very difficult to handle.” Outside of court, John told In Session that while Christopher was staying with friends, his mother found a note in his room that detailed a plan to kill his parents! It prompted the Suttons to send their son to a controversial behavioral modification facility called Paradise Cove in Western Samoa. Christopher was literally abducted and transported to the “school” in November, 1995 when he was 16 years old and was to be released on his 18th birthday. However, believing that he was not properly complying with the program, the Suttons obtained a court order to keep Christopher at Paradise Cove until his 19th birthday.
After returning home to Miami in April, 1998, it’s safe to say that Christopher still did not live up to his parents’ expectations. In exchange for either working or going to school, or in John Sutton’s words, “being productive,” both Christopher and his girlfriend Juliette Driscoll were set up in several apartments, with John Sutton paying much of the rent and bills. The senior Sutton even hired Juliette to work as a receptionist in his law firm and bought a condo in Coconut Grove, Florida for the young couple to live in. However, Christopher did not live up to his end of the bargain. He enrolled in school, but did not attend, and he didn’t manage to hold down any job for very long either. What is revealed in court testimony is that Christopher was, for the most part, a small-time drug dealer and Garrett Kopp, the man who shot John and Susan Sutton, was his primary buyer and seller.
-Jim Kyle, In Session Field Producer
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