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Husband indicted in Kingsport woman's strangling death

Rain Smith • May 10, 2018 at 3:52 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Sullivan County grand jury has confirmed a murder charge against a Kingsport man who allegedly strangled his wife, then dialed 911 to report the crime.

On January 18, Randall L. Neece, 30, was arrested at his mobile home in the Rock Springs community, 426 W. Valley Drive. During a press conference the following day at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, investigators presented what they had learned in the death of Lakeesha Neece, categorizing the case as "bizarre.”

"I don’t know how many times (a suspect) called up on the telephone on dispatch and said, ‘I just killed somebody,’ ” said Sheriff Wayne Anderson.

On Wednesday, the grand jury was presented evidence in the case against Neece and upheld the first-degree murder charge originally leveled in January. He’s scheduled to be arraigned later this month.

When deputies responded to the call from the Neece residence, Randall was reportedly outside and firing a 9mm handgun into the air or ground. Police said he quickly complied with officers’ commands 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 killing.

First, he tried to smother his wife with a shower curtain, according to police, but when that proved unsuccessful, he wrapped the cord of a straightening iron around her neck until she was unconscious.

Anderson added that the murder appeared to be premeditated, as Randall transported the couple’s 3-year-old daughter to a family member prior to the incident.

Neece remains held in the Sullivan County jail in Blountville on $400,000 bond.

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