Bail set for trucker accused of slaying wife


A Baltimore County District Court judge has set bail at $100,000 for a 35-year-old Parkton man accused of killing his wife in their home early Wednesday.

Kenneth L. Peacock, of the 20700 block of Old York Road, is

charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sandra Kaye Sloan Peacock, 31. She was shot once in the head with a hunting rifle around 4:20 a.m. Wednesday.

Judge Michael McCampbell set bail yesterday after hearing that an assistant state's attorney had recommended the amount. Mr. Peacock had been held without bail.

He remained in the county jail last night.

According to District Court charging documents, Mr. Peacock called the police 911 emergency line Wednesday morning and "stated that he had shot his wife in the head because she was sleeping around on him."

The documents said police went to the home, ordered Mr. Peacock out, and found Mrs. Peacock dead on a living room couch. Mr. Peacock later told homicide detectives he came home and found his wife in bed with another man, the documents said.

Mr. Peacock, a truck driver, told police he normally called home to have his wife pick him up from a nearby farm where he stored his tractor trailer, the documents said. But she didn't answer the phone Wednesday morning, according to the documents.

The documents said Mr. Peacock went home, came upon the scene and ordered the other man out of his house. Then the couple argued for several hours, the documents said.

Mr. Peacock said they continued to argue after he fired one shot from his hunting rifle over his wife's head and into the living room wall, the documents said.

Detective James Tinchner wrote in the charging documents that "Mr. Peacock stated that while sitting at the kitchen table, he began to 'toy' with the gun and pointed it in the direction of his wife, who was lying on the sofa. Mr. Peacock stated that he pulled the trigger of the weapon and it went off, striking his wife."

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