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Woman arrested in connection with homicide in Pinal County

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Posted at 10:14 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 00:14:27-05

COOLIDGE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been arrested in connection with a homicide near Picacho last weekend.

Pinal County Sheriff's officials say deputies responded to reports of a fight and possible hit-and-run Saturday night about 15 miles north of Picacho.

They say 53-year-old Peggy O'Neil was pronounced dead at the scene and 33-year-old Chanda Eckert was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Authorities say the killing doesn't appear to be random as they believe the victim knew the suspect.

It's unclear if Eckert has a lawyer for her case yet.