As we reported, Neal was arrested after Houston Fire Department paramedics forced their way into entry into their apartment, Catherine Martinez a/k/a Brasilia Martinez, 24, was pronounced dead of multiple stab wounds and blunt force head trauma.
Neal, 40, initially turned himself into the Houston Police Department. However, according to Officer Richard Ridel, after Neal was read his Miranda rights, he refused to provide further statements without a lawyer present. Neal did reveal that he and Martinez had been in an argument before her death.
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.
“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,” said Debbie Engel, an attorney for Hi-Five. “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.”
In 2009, Neal faced various charges throughout the year including DWI, marijuana possession, resisting arrest, and driving with an invalid license with previous convictions.
As of this posting, Neal remains in custody with a bond set at $100,000. And even though he’s scheduled to appear in court Monday, it appears that Neal won’t have an attorney present.
Hi-Five’s song “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” went to number one in 1991. A year later they scored another hit with, “She’s Playing Hard to Get.”