According to a report from the Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office, the arrest came after the TCSO received a 911 call, at about 4 a.m. Friday morning, with a report of a person possibly being deceased at 148 County Road 265, in Burnsville.
Sheriff John Daugherty said the call is believed to have been made by Peters.
Upon arriving at the residence, deputies had to force entry into the home when no one would come to the door.
Deputies came upon the deceased, who has now been identified as Peters’ wife, Vicki Peters, 59, of the same Burnsville residence.
Daugherty said Vicki Peters was found in the bed and Peters was found lying on the floor beside the bed.
Peters was awakened and transported by ambulance to the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth to see if he was injured, according to the report.
The preliminary investigation indicates that Vicki Peters “did not die of natural causes” and the TCSO is treating it as a criminal matter.
The body will be taken to the Mississippi Crime Laboratory for an autopsy, but Tishomingo County Coroner Mack Wilemon did say the deceased had “injuries consistent with blunt force trauma to the head” and more information would be made available when preliminary autopsy results were received.
Peters was discharged from the hospital and brought to the Tishomingo County Jail.
Investigators are working with the District Attorney’s Office to have him held without bond, due to Peters being out on a felony bond for arson.