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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Preliminary hearing held in Shawnee murder case

  • Following a preliminary hearing Friday, a Shawnee man was bound over for trial on a first-degree murder charge relating to a 2012 stabbing death.
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  • Following a preliminary hearing Friday, a Shawnee man was bound over for trial on a first-degree murder charge relating to a 2012 stabbing death.
    Joseph Michael Neay, 23, is now scheduled for formal arraignment on Aug. 21.
    He 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.
    Jones, 45, was found dead Nov. 2, 2012, 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 and Shawnee firefighters responded to battle that blaze and found Jones dead in the kitchen.
    According to the original 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.
    According to reports in the case, Neay allegedly admitted walking to the home to confront Marty Jones about an alleged assault involving his mother.
    A fight, which reportedly began in the bedroom, allegedly ended in the kitchen, where Neay told police he used a lighter to ignite some sheets over the body, the affidavit indicated.
    Neay left the scene on foot and allegedly threw the knife in a creek, the warrant shows. Later, 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.
    Watch for updates.
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