Former Waco-Based R&B Artist Arrested In Houston Murder

WACO (July 5, 2014) A former member of the 1990s Waco R&B group Hi-Five was held Saturday in the Harris County Jail charged with his wife’s murder.

Russell Lamont Neal, 40, was listed on the Harris County Jail online register as ordered held on a $100,000 bond after he turned himself into authorities on a murder charge.

Houston police say Neal walked into the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday and told deputies his wife had died at the couple’s Houston home.

He was arrested and police would give no further detail.

The jail log shows he was booked into the Harris County Jail on Friday.

Harris County court records in the 232nd District Court show he is scheduled to make an appearance on Monday but he does not yet have a lawyer.

Houston police say they found the body of Catherine Martinez, 24, at the couple’s home.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and appeared to have suffered multiple stab wounds.

Neal was one of the founders of the Waco R&B group Hi-Five but has since left the group.

Five years ago, another member of the 1990s R&B group was wounded in a shooting in New Haven, Conn.

Treston Irby was hit five times outside of a nightclub, but survived.

Authorities said Irby appeared to have been an innocent bystander, and not the specific target of the gunplay.

Hi-Five was formed in Waco.

The group’s debut album in 1990 went multi-platinum with hits including "I Like the Way(The Kissing Game)."

Irby joined the band for its second album in 1992.

In June 2007, Tony Thompson, 31, another Hi-Five member who had recently returned to his native Waco, died after huffing a lethal amount of Freon, autopsy results showed.

Security officers found Thompson's body on June 1, 2007 behind a building at Trendwood Apartments at 1700 Dallas Circle in Waco.


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