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Report: 90s R&B Singer Facing Murder Charge in Houston

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neal(HOUSTON) — A Houston woman was stabbed to death, and police say her husband — who is reportedly a singer from a 90s R&B band — is facing a murder charge.

Russell Neal walked into a Houston Police Department station downtown around 6 p.m. Wednesday and said his wife was dead, police said.

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HPD officers went their home at the Cedar Creek Townhomes on Tanglewilde at Windswept on the west side. They had to get help from firefighters to force their way inside.

Police said they found the body of 24-year-old Catherine Martinez on the living room floor with what appeared to be blunt force trauma to the head and multiple stab wounds.

Neal, 40, told police that their children were with a family member. He reportedly admitted arguing with his wife.

Police said he then asked for a lawyer and became “uncooperative.” Police said a murder charge is pending.

TMZ reports that Neal was a singer in the 90s R&B band Hi-Five, out of Waco:

Hi-Five’s song “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” went to number one in 1991 … and a year later they scored another hit with, “She’s Playing Hard to Get.”

The group’s lead singer Tony Thompson famously died in 2007 after inhaling Freon.

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