A Shawnee man charged with murder in the first degree, deliberate intent, for the November stabbing death of his stepfather has been scheduled for a preliminary hearing in January.
Joseph Michael Neay, 22, is charged in Pottawatomie County District Court and is accused of unlawfully, and with malice aforethought, causing the death of Marty Lee Jones by stabbing him with a knife, charges read.
During a preliminary hearing, a judge determines if there’s sufficient evidence for a case to proceed to trial. Neay’s hearing is scheduled Jan. 31.
Jones, 45, was found dead Nov. 2 in his home, 709 E. 11th, and Neay was arrested in the case later that afternoon.
Police said a postal carrier delivering mail reported smoke coming from the house just before 10 a.m. that Friday. Shawnee firefighters responded to battle that blaze and found Jones dead in the kitchen.
According to the arrest warrant in this case, the body was found in a pool of blood in the kitchen, but evidence suggested a struggle in the home started in a back bedroom.
Police began probing the case, which included questioning Neay, who is the son of the victim’s wife. When police went to Neay’s home a couple blocks away, they found bloody fingerprints on a banister, so Neay was detained and later questioned. During that interview, the warrant shows Neay admitted walking to the home to confront Marty Jones about allegedly assaulting his mother. He allegedly told detectives he walked into the front door and that he and Jones began fighting in the bedroom.
"Neay advised that he took a knife from Marty and began cutting and stabbing Marty," the warrant shows. "Neay stated the fight ended in the kitchen where Marty fell face down on the floor."
According to the warrant, Neay allegedly told detectives he stabbed Jones a few more times on the floor.
"Neay stated that he took his sweat shirt off and placed it and some bed sheets on top of Marty and then ignited them with a lighter," according to the affidavit.
Neay then left the scene of foot and allegedly threw the knife in a creek, the warrant shows. Neay took officers to the location of the knife, where it was recovered, the warrant shows.
Neay remains jailed without bond in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.
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