- Russell neal wife, Catherine Martinez, was brutally killed by her husband.
- After being accused of first-degree murder, he was deemed incompetent to stand trial due to insanity.
- ‘ID’s Death by Fame’ further delved into Catherine Martinez’s killing in The Killing Game episode aired this Monday, February 20, 2023, at 9 pm ET.
- Hi-Five member Russell Neal was detained in July 2014 when his wife Catherine Martinez was discovered dead in her Houston, Texas, residence.
Russell Neal Wife, Catherine Martinez, was brutally killed by her husband.
The horrific crime shocked people around the world and made headlines. Investigations immediately began to uncover what had happened.
It became clear that Neal had been struggling with his career and financial hardship in the years leading up to the tragedy.
Furthermore, it was alleged that Martinez had suffered from his violent behavior in the past and fears for her safety had been voiced.
The severity of this case has propelled a cultural dialogue on domestic abuse and opened up greater initiatives towards victim protection in abusive relationships.
Neal is still receiving treatment as he awaits an outcome over his mental competency to stand trial.
‘ID’s Death by Fame’ further delved into Catherine Martinez’s killing in The Killing Game episode aired this Monday, February 20, 2023, at 9 pm ET. The synopsis states:
“In Houston, Texas, aspiring model Catherine Martinez falls for a former pop star she believes to be her ticket to stardom; however, when ambition and jealousy collide, a Hollywood dream becomes a real-life nightmare.”
What happened to Russell Neal’s wife?
Russell Neal was detained in July 2014 when his wife Catherine Martinez was discovered dead in her Houston, Texas, residence.
He voluntarily entered the police station and admitted that he had a quarrel with his wife and that she had to go to the hospital.
A fitness model and trainer, Martinez died from stab wounds and severe force trauma.
Her sister, Glenda Lewis, reportedly described the moment investigators found the victim’s body in a statement, saying, “You couldn’t tell it was her. I hoped they had the wrong person because it didn’t look like her. I mean, we all know she was beautiful but it didn’t look like her at all.”
Her mother, Mary Figueroa, added that they “couldn’t recognize her and that the only thing recognizable about her was; her teeth, her mouth, you know the way she would smile. That’s what I recognized about her.”
Her family brought up the bruises and scratches they found all over her body. They also said she attempted to conceal everything with cosmetics.
The couple’s relationship was having problems before the murder. Catherine Martinez claimed that Russell Neal mistreated her and didn’t give her the life he had promised.
She had to take on the role of the family’s primary provider.
Martinez countered that Neal was a good father since he always promised to improve. But things took a terrible turn once she saw her mother on June 28, 2014, a few days before she was discovered dead at her apartment.
Two days after killing her, Neal reportedly went to the police. At the time, their two sons were locked in different rooms in the same home.
Where is Russell Neal now?
Following his arrest, Russell Neal was given a first-degree murder warrant. Even so, he was granted bail, which was taken away approximately a month later.
He adopted the name Jesus Christ when he was incarcerated. According to the prosecution, he allegedly began “acting nuts” and was deemed incompetent to stand trial.
Despite assertions from officials that Neal knew what he was doing when he attacked his wife in 2014, Neal has been incarcerated at Rusk State Hospital in Texas ever since.