On Saturday, a friend of Michael Neely’s was talking with him and something was said that caused him concern so he called 911.
Police responded to Neely’s home and found his estranged wife, Linda Neely dead on the bathroom floor. Reportedly she died of a stab wound to the heart. Police are not releasing many details about the homicide, and they are not saying how many times she was stabbed. But they are saying they believe the stabbing took place between noon and 1 pm.
About the same time, police were called to the scene of a car accident, where they found Michael Neely. His car had struck a tree, and he suffered a broken leg a broken elbow and other injuries. Police are not saying if Neely was trying to get away from the crime.
Police say they had been to the home before. On Aug. 15 they served a protection order on Michael Neely. And later the same day they returned to the home and removed a pistol and several rifes as instructed in the order. Reportedly Neely was never charged in any domestic incident but family and friends have said there is a history of domestic violence.
It is believed that Linda Neely had gone to the home on Saturday to pick up some plants she had left at the home in order to take them to her new home. Police say she did not notify their office that she was returning to the home. Authorities are not releasing whether Linda Neely knew her husband would be at home that day.
Michael Neely has been charged with first degree manslaughter and 7 th degree criminal possession of a weapon. He is still in the hospital and the arraignment was held in his hospital room. He is being held under guard at the hospital.
The couple had two children who are now with relatives.