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A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Prescott-area man on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, whose body was found buried in a remote area last week, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Last week, 55-year-old David Pagniano was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Sandra Pagniano, according to Dwight D’Evelyn, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Sandra Pagniano’s body was discovered on Friday in a remote area 10 miles northwest of the couple’s home near Prescott, D’Evelyn said. 

Sheriff’s Office investigators said they had obtained sufficient evidence to believe that Sandra Pagniano could have been harmed or killed by her husband, D’Evelyn said.

The couple were separated but still living in the same home with their 8- and 12-year-old daughters, who D’Evelyn said are currently under “monitored care.”

David Pagniano’s bond was set at $2 million, D’Evelyn said.

An investigation is ongoing.


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