New Attorney for Neal; Plea Deal on Federal Charges

Neldon Neal, who is charged in the March 2007 shooting death of his wife, Judy, has a new attorney, court records show.

Neal, 64, dropped his public defender and hired John Beger, a Rolla attorney, documents show.

Neal led lawmen on a 62-day manhunt that drew national attention until his arrest in May of last year at a campsite along the Gasconade River in Laclede County.

Neal was wanted in the shooting death of his 51-year-old wife at their trailer on Highway 32.

Neal was sent to prison to begin serving the remaining nine years of a previous prison term on an armed robbery count.

He is charged with second-degree murder. A trial is set for September on a change of venue in Pulaski County.

Separately, federal court records show that Neal entered a guilty plea in May to two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

A U.S. District Court judge ordered a pre-sentencing investigation before issuing Neal’s punishment.

Read the plea deal.

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