The musician reportedly walked into a Houston sheriff's office on Thursday and told them she was dead

By K.c. Blumm
July 04, 2014 03:00 PM
Courtesy RussNeal28

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

Houston police tell KHOU that Neal, 39, walked into the Harris County Sheriff Department building and said that his wife was dead in their apartment and, according to news reports, that he needed a lawyer.

Police officers then reportedly forced entry into the apartment and found Neal’s wife, Catherine Martinez, 24, lying dead under a blanket on the living room floor. She’d suffered multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma, according to the TV station.

Neal, whose group had a number one single in 1991 with “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game),” reportedly told detectives that he and Martinez had gotten into an argument, but then refused to answer any more questions and asked for an attorney.

The couple’s two young sons are staying with relatives.