Motive unclear in woman’s death

CORINTH – Investigators of a Friday homicide are trying to reconstruct events that led to the death of Joanna Pegg of Michie, Tenn.
Her husband, Preston Lee Pegg Jr., 36, of Corinth, remained in Alcorn County Jail on Monday, charged with capital murder, said Alcorn County Sheriff’s Investigator Jerry Rogers.
Joanna Pegg’s body was found in the bed of a pickup truck that was driven by her husband and intercepted Friday afternoon by Corinth police officers on Mississippi Highway 350 at County Road 137, Rogers said.
Law enforcement agencies had been alerted by McNairy County, Tenn., authorities to watch for the pickup, on suspicion that Pegg had “just possibly killed his wife,” according to the sheriff’s complaint.
Rogers said it was too early in the investigation to suggest any possible motive in Joanna Pegg’s death.
He also declined to discuss her injuries or any weapon that may have been used.
The Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office is working on the investigation with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Rogers said.

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