John Neuman, 53, of Gore was formally charged Thursday in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, with second-degree murder for the death of his 50-year-old wife, Tonya Neuman. As of Friday, Neuman had not entered a plea to the charge. At about midnight May 9, Sequoyah County deputies were called to a residence north of Gore for an unresponsive female. Initial reports indicated the victim died of blunt force trauma. The medical examiner’s office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation were called in to assist the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department and Gore Police Department. On May 10 a search warrant was served at the residence, in order to collect additional evidence, Sheriff Ron Lockhart said, and John Neuman was arrested in connection with his wife’s death.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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