This is so sad. Hi-Five’s, former member, Russell Neal is in custody after turning himself in to police on July 2, saying his wife was dead in their Houston apartment.
Houston Fire Department paramedics forced entry into the apartment, they pronounced Catherine Martinez, 24, dead of multiple stab wounds and blunt force head trauma.
Houston Police Department questioned Neal, 40, when he turned himself in at the station. After Neal was read his Miranda rights, he refused to provide further statements without a lawyer. Neal did, say he and his wife had been arguing.
Police say there were no witnesses so it is unlikely their two sons, ages 3 and 4, were not at the scene of their mother’s killing. The children are now in the care of Neal’s mother.
Officers will now interview the couple’s family and neighbors to see what their relationship was like and whether or not they fought a lot.
Neal is best known for Hi-Five’s No. 1 song, “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game).” (LOVE this song)!
Debbie Egel, an attorney for Hi-Five, said, “We are aware of the current situation in Houston, Texas, involving Russell Neal, former member of the legendary ’90’s R&B group Hi-Five. We are presently evaluating the situation. 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.”
Egel added on behalf of the group, “This is an unfortunate situation and our prayers go out to both families involved.”
Neal’s court date is set for July 7, 2014. He remains in jail with a bond set at $100,000.