FLORENCE — A Pinal County grand jury has indicted an Oklahoma man arrested for concealing his wife’s dead body and taking her on a cross-country road trip that included a stopover in Eloy.
The grand jury indicted Rodney Puckett, 70, on Monday for a single count of concealing a dead body, a Class 5 felony, after the Eloy Police Department arrested him last week.
The indictment’s language accuses Puckett of knowingly “moving a dead human body or parts of a human body with the intent to abandon or conceal the body or parts.”
No other charges were listed in the indictment.
The presumptive prison sentence for one Class 5 felony is 1.5 years.
The defendant’s wife, Linda Puckett, was discovered naked and upside down in the passenger seat of his vehicle near a fast food restaurant.
Puckett told Eloy police his wife died at a Texas hotel and he loaded her body into his car by using a luggage cart.
The Pinal County Medical Examiner’s Office said this week it still had not determined the wife’s cause of death, but authorities noted the victim had signs of blunt-force trauma on her body.
According to the El Paso Times, the Pucketts were in the process of divorcing each other after eight years of marriage and had both filed restraining orders.
Puckett is being held in the Pinal County jail on $100,000 bond and will be arraigned in Superior Court on Friday.