Woman Accused in Dismembering of Husband Ruled Fit for Trial

MORRILTON, AR - A woman accused of killing and dismembering her husband and disposing of the remains in a Scott County pond has been ruled competent to stand trial.

Patricia McClanahan, 64, of Mena is charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of Joe Campiglia.  Campiglia's tarp-wrapped torso was found May 9 by the property owner, who had been fishing in his 7-acre pond.  Investigators believe Campiglia had been killed in January 2003.

Sheriff's divers from Johnson County later found other tarp-wrapped body parts inside a metal cage on the pond.  They also found a wooden-handle filet knife, according to court records.

Circuit Judge Frank Arey found McClanahan competent during a hearing yesterday.  A trial date will be set later.

Court documents show that McClanahan said during her mental evaluation that Campiglia was killed while the two struggled over a shotgun, which discharged and struck him in the neck.  A lawyer for McClanahan says the killing was in self-defense.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)