By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – A 7-year-old reportedly saw her father shoot her mother and is considered a strong witness in the case against the Corinth man, the Alcorn County sheriff’s investigator said Thursday.
Preston Pegg Jr., 37, has been charged in Alcorn County with capital murder in the July 30 death of his estranged wife, Joanna Pegg of Michie, Tenn., also 37.
Her body was found in a pickup driven by Preston Pegg.
According to Investigator Jerry Rogers, Joanna Pegg had been accompanied by the couple’s young daughter to meet Preston Pegg at a trailer home in McNairy County, Tenn. The home is owned by Joanna Pegg’s family.
The child reportedly told investigators that Preston Pegg slashed Joanna Pegg’s throat and shot her before placing her body in the back of his pickup, Rogers said.
Preston Pegg then dropped their daughter off at his brother-in-law’s house before shooting Joanna Pegg a second time, which was the shot that killed her, he continued.
Although the attack on Joanna Pegg began in Tennessee, her death occurred in Mississippi, said Rogers, who is still interviewing witnesses.
According to the Corinth police officer who stopped Preston Pegg’s vehicle on north Shiloh Road, he immediately surrendered, Rogers said.
Both weapons allegedly used – a utility knife and a .22-gauge rifle – have been recovered, Rogers said.
Capital murder is charged when the killing occurs in the commission of another crime. The other crime committed in this case has not been disclosed yet.
Preston Pegg, 37, was out on $20,000 bond in McNairy County after being charged earlier this year with multiple rape, domestic violence and assault charges, according to a report in the Jackson Sun.
McNairy is expected to file additional charges against Preston Pegg, including attempted murder, Rogers said. However, he remains in Alcorn County Jail and no bond will be set because of the capital murder charge.
The investigation continues with the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office, the McNairy County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and Rogers said they expect to present the case to an Alcorn County grand jury by the end of the year.
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