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7th August 2010

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MICHIE MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING WIFE

MICHIE MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING WIFE
By TONYA SMITH-KING A McNairy County man is facing murder charges in Tennessee and Mississippi in the shooting death of his wife. Joanna D. Pegg, 37, suffered two gunshot wounds in the July 30 incident, according to McNairy County Sheriff Ricky Roten. Roten declined to say where she was shot.  Her husband, Preston Pegg, 37, has been charged with felony murder in Alcorn County Mississippi and is facing attempted murder and other charges in McNairy County.  Pegg shot his wife in front of their 6-year-old daughter at his Michie residence and then put her body on the back of a pickup truck and drove it to Mississippi, Roten said. The Peggs were separated, Roten said. He did not know why she was at his house the day of the incident. Pegg had not been charged in Tennessee as of Tuesday but was facing possible charges in the state of attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping and child endangerment, Roten told CrimeSEEN. Pegg is being held without bond in Mississippi. The couple’s children are with her mother, Roten said. Pegg is charged with murder in Mississippi because the medical examiner said she died there, Roten added. McNairy County officials notified the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department on July 30 asking them to be on the lookout for Pegg, who’d possibly killed his wife, according to an offense report from Alcorn County.  They learned that Pegg was driving a white Chevrolet pickup truck with blood on the side and was possibly heading to Mississippi, the report said. Roten said Preston Pegg’s mother lives in Mississippi. Corinth police officers stopped a vehicle fitting the description of the one Pegg was driving on Shiloh Road, near Miss. 2. Officers identified the driver as Pegg. They found Joanna Pegg in the bed of the truck, covered with a blue jean jacket, the report said. Preston Pegg was taken into custody. He was out on bond for several charges he has pending in McNairy County. He was charged with rape for a March 8 incident; statutory rape by an authority figure, sexual battery by an authority figure and incest for a May 1 incident and with aggravated child abuse and aggravated domestic assault for another May 1 incident. Roten confirmed that his bond had been set at $200,000 on the charges but was reduced to $20,000. His next court date for those charges is set for Aug. 26 in McNairy County. In the March 8 incident, Pegg is accused of threatening to show nude photos of his son’s girlfriend to her father if she didn’t have sex with Pegg, according to the warrant charging him. The girl had taken some nude photos of herself and sent them to Pegg’s son.  Pegg found the pictures on his son’s cell phone and coerced the girl into having sex with him, the warrant said.  In one of the May 1 incidents, Pegg “used his position of parental control” over his stepdaughter to force her to perform a sexual act on him, according to the warrant. In the second May 1 incident, Pegg is accused of hitting his 17-year-old son in the left eye with his fist and knocking him down. Pegg then got on top of the boy in the floor, pulled out a handgun and started hitting him in the back, the warrant said. He told the boy he was going to kill him. Joanna Pegg witnessed the incident and had her daughter call 911, the warrant said. Pegg then let his son up and started after Joanna Pegg with the gun. Pegg chased her into the bathroom where she locked the door, the warrant said. Joanna Pegg told police that Preston Pegg calmed down and she opened the door.  But he would not let her out of the bathroom for about five minutes, she said in the warrant. Pegg was charged with aggravated assault and domestic assault in 2003 for an incident involving Joanna, who was Joanna Ross at the time, according to the warrant. She told police she was changing the baby’s diaper when Pegg slapped her. She called 911 when Pegg went to the bedroom and got a 30-30 rifle and a 20-guage shotgun, both loaded. Pegg struck her in the head above her right eye with the rifle and then said to her, “Now call 911,” the warrant said. She did, and he fled into the woods in front of the residence where she saw him hide the weapons under the leaves. Police found the guns and ammunition and took them into evidence, the warrant said. The aggravated assault charge was dismissed, but there was no disposition indicated for the domestic violence charge, according to court records.