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Neumar keeps attorney to defend new charges

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The 78-year-old Augusta woman accused of killing her fourth husband made an appearance in a North Carolina courtroom Monday.

Betty Neumar, 78, is charged with killing her fourth husband and solicitation to commit first-degree murder.   Special
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Betty Neumar, 78, is charged with killing her fourth husband and solicitation to commit first-degree murder.


Betty Neumar arrived for a hearing at the courthouse in Stanly County to appoint counsel for her on two additional counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder, according to Ginger Efrid, of the Stanly County District Attorney's Office. Neumar will retain her current attorney, Charles Parnell, for the two charges.

Neumar was initially charged with one count, and two others were added a short time later.

Neumar missed two hearings, on Aug. 2 and Aug. 6. During the second hearing, her attorney presented a doctor's note that said it was unsafe for her to travel because of health problems. Authorities have refused to comment on the nature of her illness.

Neumar has been awaiting a trial date since she was arrested outside her Cambridge Court home in Augusta in 2008. Authorities charged her after a former police officer and two former neighbors claimed that she tried to hire them to kill her husband, Harold Gentry, in the months before his homicide in 1986.

Neumar was married five times, and all five husbands are dead. At least three of the men died of gunshot wounds, including Gentry, whose body was found in his Norwood, N.C., home.

Cases were opened by law enforcement officials in Florida, Ohio and Augusta to investigate the deaths of her other husbands, but charges have been filed only in the Gentry case.

Al Gentry, the ailing brother of the victim, said he traveled to the courtroom to see Neumar for the first time since her bond hearing more than two years ago. Gentry said it was a change to see her in a multicolored outfit instead of the orange jumpsuit and handcuffs from before.

"She went out there with a smile on her face, but Parnell didn't have one," Gentry said.

Neumar appeared with her daughter, Kelly, whom Neumar clung to for support while moving about in the courtroom, Gentry said. Neumar is scheduled to be back in court for her arraignment Oct. 11.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/16/10 - 01:45 pm
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Perhaps this case will end

Perhaps this case will end without costing us more than the price of a coffin and burial after all.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 08/16/10 - 02:00 pm
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She wasn't to weak to

She wasn't to weak to allegedly lift the shotgun in all these murder cases, so why can't she bring her old wrinkled butt to court?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/16/10 - 02:11 pm
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If the truth be known she

If the truth be known she might need to be considered in the death of her husband who died while living with her in Columbia County.

KingJames
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KingJames 08/16/10 - 04:37 pm
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Sweet son, that's why the

Sweet son, that's why the North Carolina case is news in the Augusta area.

dvdbiggs
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dvdbiggs 08/16/10 - 06:36 pm
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As an ex voter in Richmond

As an ex voter in Richmond County.....This woman worked at the place that I had to vote....gave me stange looks as I was completing the forms. Hope I was not the next intended victim of this possible serial killer.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/16/10 - 08:05 pm
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Profile photo show jaw like

Profile photo show jaw like snapping turtle

Laguria
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Laguria 08/16/10 - 08:32 pm
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She may have passed on her

She may have passed on her recipe to other family members not wanting their loved ones to suffer too long. Sheer speculation.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/16/10 - 08:46 pm
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I was trying to figure out

I was trying to figure out what that profile reminded me of. Absolutely.

Evans Ga.
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Evans Ga. 08/17/10 - 01:54 pm
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Snapping turtle,,,ha ha.

Snapping turtle,,,ha ha. Your right on the money.
I bet she could tear up some corn on the cob in jail.

getalife
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getalife 08/17/10 - 02:30 pm
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One thing is for sure, if I

One thing is for sure, if I was a relative I would not have her listed as the beneficiary on my life insurance.

LADEE DUNSTON
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LADEE DUNSTON 08/17/10 - 09:11 pm
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i find this story wierd ...

i find this story wierd ... wouldnt u see a red FLAG go up..... this lady has been married 5 times and all husbands are dead ?? this is crazy ..... she has gotten away with way too much ...... she too old to be in jail becuz she already 78 come on she will prob be gone in a couple of years she has lived life ........

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