Russell Neal, Hi-Five Singer, Charged With Murder After Wife Found Dead in Their Apartment: Report

Celebrity News Jul. 4, 2014 AT 2:45PM
Russell Neal Russell Neal, a singer in the 1990s R&B group Hi-Five, is reportedly facing murder charges in connection with the stabbing death of his wife

Russell Neal, a singer in the 1990s R&B group Hi-Five, is facing murder charges in connection with the death of his wife, Catherine Martinez, local news in Houston, Tex., reported Friday, July 4.

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Neal, 40—whose group had a No. 1 hit in 1991 with "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)"—was arrested on July 3 when he reportedly walked into a Harris County Sheriff's Office station and said that his wife was dead inside their apartment in west Houston. He then apparently asked for a lawyer.

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Investigators told local news KHOU that Martinez, 24, suffered multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma. According to TMZ, Neal is now being held in jail on a $100K bond.

Neighbors said the couple—who have two young kids—seemed, for the most part, "happy" before the incident. One told KHOU that Neal was "a great father."

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