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Former R&B artist Russell Neal turns himself in; wife dead


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Former R&B artist Russell Neal turns himself in; wife dead

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 6, 2014

Former R&B singer Russell Neal, 40, drove to his local Houston Police Department to turn himself in July 2, after admitting that his wife was dead following a domestic argument.

Neal was a member of '90s group Hi-Five, which scored the No. 1 hit, "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)."

"After Houston Fire Department paramedics forced entry into the apartment, they pronounced Catherine Martinez, 24, dead of multiple stab wounds and blunt force head trauma," reports CNN. "Police don't know if Neal and Martinez's two sons, ages 3 and 4, were at the scene of their mother's killing. The children are now in the care of Neal's mother."

Debbie Egel, the attorney for Hi-Five, acknowledged the tragedy with prayers offered to both families. She's additionally stated, "The group is in the studio recording and Mr. Neal was not a part of the upcoming project. Bronx Most Wanted Entertainment will continue to monitor the situation," further reports CNN.

Besides now facing murder charges, Neal has a long list of prior charges beginning in 2009, "including DWI, marijuana possession, resisting arrest, and driving with an invalid license with previous convictions," details CNN. His court date on the murder charge is scheduled for July 7, with a bond currently set at $100,000.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.