Trial Set for Woman Accused of Dismembering Slain Husband

WALDRON, AR - A woman accused of dismembering her husband and dumping the parts in a pond is to be tried in April.

Patricia McClanahan of Mena is charged with first-degree murder.  She is accused of killing Joe Campiglia on January 5, 2003, and leaving his dismembered body in a Scott County pond, where it was found last May by the pond's owner, who was fishing.

McClanahan told police her husband was abusive and that he was fatally wounded in the neck when they stuggled over a firearm.  McClanahan said she didn't go to police because officers hadn't helped her before.

Last month, a judge ruled McClanahan was mentally fit for trial.

McClanahan is being held in Jail on a $1 million bond.  She is also charged with abuse of a corpse.

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