Man charged with first-degree murder in strangulation death of wife

Randall Neece (Photo credit: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office)

Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson announced at a news conference Friday that a man has been charged with first-degree murder after he admitted to strangling his wife to death.

The sheriff said that 30-year-old Randall Neece made a written statement stating he strangled his wife, 27-year-old Lakeesha Neece, with an electrical cord.

Sheriff Anderson said deputies were called to a home in the 400 block of West Valley Drive about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Randall Neece was the caller and told dispatch his wife was dead. Officers found a woman inside, who was Lakeesha Neece. Randall Neece added he initially tried to smother her with a shower curtain and when unsuccessful, wrapped the cord from a straightening iron around her neck until unconscious.

Neece is being held in the Sullivan County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He is due in court January 25.

News 5 will have more on this developing story.

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