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Police: Kingsport murder suspect called 911 after strangling wife

Rain Smith • Jan 19, 2018 at 1:43 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A man charged with killing his wife on Thursday strangled the 27-year-old with a straightening iron cord, according to the police, then dialed 911 to report the crime.

Randall L. Neece, 30, is charged with the first-degree murder of Lakeesha Neece. Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson said detectives believe the killing was premeditated, as Randall Neece transported the couple’s 3-year-old daughter to his brother prior to the incident.

“I think he had it on his mind to do that,” Anderson said of the murder. “He didn’t want the child there when it happened, so he took the child somewhere else.”

At about 4:30 p.m., deputies were dispatched to 426 W. Valley Drive, where the Neeces shared a mobile home in the Rock Springs community. Anderson said that Randall Neece fired a couple of rounds from a 9mm handgun into the air or the ground at about the time police were arriving. However, he complied with officers and was taken into custody without incident.

Lakeesha Neece was found dead inside the residence, while Randall was taken to jail for questioning. He allegedly provided a written statement admitting to the murder: First, he tried to smother his wife with a shower curtain, according to police, but when that proved unsuccessful, he wrapped the electric cord around her neck until she was unconscious.

Less than 24 hours after the killing, police acknowledged they might have a motive, but had yet to pinpoint it and declined to elaborate. Anderson said detectives had interviewed family members and were looking at family history, adding that Randall Neece appears to have no criminal record.

“We’re trying to find anything there where we understand it better,” Anderson said.

There were no previous calls for domestic violence at the Neeces’ home, according to Anderson, but there “may have been at some other places. We’ve just got to do more investigation.”

Police indicated a family member would likely take care of the couple’s daughter.

Randall Neece is held at the Sullivan County Corrections Facility in Blountville on a $250,000 bond. He is set to appear in court on Jan 25.

“This is a little different than what we normally see,” Anderson said. “Usually, somebody will commit a murder and they’ll take off, and you have to find them and work all night long trying to find them. In this case, he just stayed there. I don’t know how many times one of them just called up on the telephone on dispatch and said, ‘I just killed somebody.’ The whole case is a little bit bizarre.”

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BLOUNTVILLE -- A man charged with killing his wife on Thursday strangled the 27-year-old with a straightening iron cord, according to the police, then dialed 911 to report the crime.

Randall L. Neece, 30, is charged with the first-degree murder of Lakeesha Neece. Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson said detectives are still working to determine a motive in the case, but believe it was premeditated. Randall Neece reportedly transported the couple's three-year-old daughter to a family member prior to the incident.

At about 4:30 p.m. deputies were dispatched to 426 W. Valley Drive, where the Neeces shared a mobile home in the Rock Springs community. Anderson said that Randall Neece fired a couple rounds from a 9 mm handgun into the air or the ground at about the time police were arriving. However, he complied with officers and was taken into custody without incident.

Lakeesha Neece was found dead inside their residence, while Randall was taken to jail for questioning. He allegedly provided a written statement admitting to the murder: First, he tried to smother his wife with a shower curtain, according to police, but when that proved unsuccessful, he wrapped the electric cord around her neck until she went unconscious.

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