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Death of Woman, 79, Charged in 4th Spouse’s Slaying Leaves Questions re 4 More Spouses, 1 Child

Posted Jun 14, 2011 3:08 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Charged three years ago in the 1986 death of her fourth husband, Betty Neumar was supposed to go to trial in February in the North Carolina solicitation-of-murder case.

But the trial was postponed, and now it will never occur, following the 79-year-old Neumar's death over the weekend in a Louisiana hospital, reports the Associated Press.

At one point, authorities in mulitple other states were looking at the deaths of most of all of her four other husbands and firstborn child, but those cases have since been closed, according to the news agency. Surviving relatives say they still have unanswered questions, however.

However, at least one official isn't taking anything for granted, at this point. "We're going to make sure we examine the death certificate," said Sheriff Rick Burris of Stanly County, N.C.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Wife Charged in Man’s ‘86 Death; What About Her 4 Other Husbands?"

ABAJournal.com: "Ga. Woman, 76, Investigated in Deaths of 4 Husbands, 1 Child"

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