CORINTH – A 7-year-old reportedly saw her father shoot her mother and is considered a strong witness in the case against Preston Pegg Jr. of Corinth, the Alcorn County sheriff’s investigator said Thursday.
Pegg, 37, has been charged in Alcorn County with capital murder in the July 30 death of his estranged wife, Joanna Pegg, also 37, of Michie, Tenn. 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 7-year-old 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.
Preston Pegg 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.
Read more in Friday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.
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