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2014-02-08T17:57:00Z 2014-02-08T20:26:11Z Law & order briefsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Man kills wife
with truck, police say

A Tucson man driving drunk hit and killed his wife with his truck early Saturday, a police official said.

Todd Michael Rounds, 48, was booked into the Pima County jail and faces one count of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, 47-year-old Donna Rounds.

Officers responded to a call about a car crash just before 1:30 a.m. in the 9700 block of East Sascha Street near the intersection of East Golf Links and South Harrison roads.

Todd Rounds called 911 from his home in the neighborhood to report he had been in a collision, Sgt. Chris Widmer, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release.

Personnel from the Tucson Fire Department and TPD responded and found a 2000 Ford F150 pickup at the home but did not find Rounds, Widmer said.

Officers searched the neighborhood and found Rounds on a nearby street walking back toward the scene of the crash where Donna Rounds was killed.

Todd Rounds was driving his truck north on Krissy Avenue when he struck and killed his wife, who was on foot just south of Vendela Street, Widmer said. Rounds drove home and called 911.

“Detectives determined that Mr. Rounds was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision,” Widmer said.

2 teens face charge
of conspiracy to kill

Two 17-year-olds conspiring to kill an ex-girlfriend were arrested Friday, a sheriff’s official said.

Kevin Jace Pettitt and Wyatt Franklin Bowman were booked into the Pima County jail and face one count each of conspiracy to commit murder.

The two friends were plotting to kill Pettitt’s 18-year-old ex-girlfriend, the mother of his year-old child, said Deputy Tracy Suitt, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

“The whole thing began around Christmastime when the two began to conspire about killing the 18-year-old female. A third party heard about this and gave the information to the victim in this case, who reported it to the Sheriff’s Department,” Suitt said.

Pettitt was upset over issues involving money and custody, Suitt said. The teens planned “to lure her into the desert, shoot her, remove her teeth and then burn her so she could not be identified,” the sheriff’s official said.

Pettitt offered to pay Bowman to help him, Suitt said.

Bowman is being held on $50,000 bond. Pettitt is being held without bond.

Kimberly Matas

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