Hi-Five singer Russell Neal charged with murder in wife’s death


by Jacqueline Crea / KHOU 11 News, Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News


Posted on July 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 5:42 PM

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HOUSTON — Russell Neal, a singer in the 90s R&B group Hi-Five, has been arrested and charged with murder after his wife was found dead Thursday in their west Houston apartment.

Houston police said 40-year-old Neal entered a Harris County Sheriff's Office station at about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday and stated his wife was dead inside their apartment located in the 3700 block of Tanglewilde.

“The deputy contacted HFD, who forced entry into the apartment and found the woman deceased,” said Sgt. Rhodes.

The victim, Catherine Martinez, 24, suffered multiple stab wounds as well as apparent blunt force trauma, investigators said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neal apparently told detectives that he and his wife had gotten into an argument, but then he refused to answer any more questions. Neal was taken into custody.

Police said the couple’s two young son are with other family members.

“They seem like a happy couple. All of a sudden, it’s a shock “said Raymond Batiste, a neighbor.