Police: Boyfriend charged with murder in shooting death of 20-year-old woman
by Daniel Gaddy
dgaddy@annistonstar.com
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John Denver Pegg
John Denver Pegg
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Senior Forensic Scientist Mark Hopwood exits the apartment with a rifle at Shannon Hills Apartments in Weaver Thursday. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Senior Forensic Scientist Mark Hopwood exits the apartment with a rifle at Shannon Hills Apartments in Weaver Thursday. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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Weaver police announced Friday that officers obtained an arrest warrant for a Delta man in connection with a 20-year-old woman shot to death at an apartment complex on McClellan Boulevard Thursday.

According to a release issued by Weaver police Chief Wayne Bush, 22-year-old John Denver Pegg is charged with murder in the death of Elizabeth Lauren Hartnett. Bush on Thursday identified Pegg as Hartnett’s boyfriend.

Officers received a 911 call Thursday morning and found Hartnett lying on the ground outside of Shannon Hills Apartments with a gunshot wound to her chest, according to Weaver police.

Anniston EMS workers rushed Hartnett to Regional Medical Center in Anniston, and she was pronounced dead at 9:36 a.m. Thursday by Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown.

Bush said in a statement Thursday that evidence and interviews with witnesses revealed Pegg and another man, 22-year-old James Logan Shaw, were in the apartment during the incident. While Pegg fled the scene, Shaw stayed, and officers detained and questioned him, according to Thursday’s release.

Weaver police Lt. Charles Plitt said in an email Friday that officers do not expect to bring charges against Shaw at this time.

Clay County Sheriff Ray Latham said his deputies found Pegg at a home on the 900 block of Shiloh Church Road in Delta Thursday afternoon, and they arrested him on failure-to-appear charges unrelated to Thursday’s shooting.

Online court records show Pegg as having a failure-to-appear warrant related to a traffic ticket for improper vehicle lights.

According to Friday’s release, Pegg is being held in the Clay County Jail on the unrelated charges, and once he’s released on those, he will be taken to the Calhoun County Jail on the murder warrant.

According to Bush, Pegg has a $100,000 cash bond and a court date set for Feb. 10.

Asked what led to the shooting, Plitt said he could not comment on any further details.

Repeated attempts to reach Bush by phone were unsuccessful Friday.

Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.

Editor’s note: A previous report in The Star incorrectly listed the unrelated charges on which Clay County deputies arrested Pegg.
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