Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Bond Hearing is Friday for Accused Gore Man

A bond hearing is scheduled Friday for a Gore man accused of killing his wife. John Neuman, 52, is being held in the Sequoyah County Detention Center in Sallisaw on no bond. Associate District Judge Kyle Waters will hear Neuman's attorney, Frank Sullivan III, argue for a bond at 9 a.m. Friday in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw.

Neuman was charged with second degree murder on May 21, after authorities found his wife, Tanya, 50, dead on May 9 in the bathroom of the couple's home in rural Gore. The second-degree murder charge alleges that Neuman caused the death of Tanya Neuman by "beating and causing physical injury...which led to her death and this conduct was not done with any intention to take (her) life..."

In the report of the investigation filed with the charge, investigators report Neuman told them his wife may have died from alcohol poisoning and she had been drinking during the evening of May 9. But medical examiners found bruising on Tanya's body, and an autopsy revealed Tanya had several broken ribs and a severed liver. A doctor told investigators the woman's liver looked like "hamburger," and that there was one and three-tenths liters of blood in Tanya's abdominal cavity. The medical examiner's office reported the injuries were caused by blunt force trauma, such as kicking or stomping.

When brought to the county sheriff's office for an interview by investigators, Neuman said he did not want to make a statement. Investigators found that three children were at the home at the time of Tanya's death, and all three were interviewed. Two children, ages 12 and 6, were the Neumans, and one, age 12, was a visitor. The children told investigators that they were sent to the bedroom on the evening of Tanya's death, and that they heard screaming and thumps. A neighbor, interviewed by investigators, said Tanya would visit sometimes and told her that her husband hit her. The neighbor said she had seen bruises on Tanya's arms and Tanya said her husband got mad because she didn't have dinner ready on time.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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