Murder charges filed in death of Fairfax woman

August 3, 2019 | Courts

PAWHUSKA — Two people have been charged in the murder of Fairfax resident 60-year-old Heather Neuman, who was found dead at her home on North Fourth Street on July 17.

Zackary Keith Pace, 23, and Megan Nicole Ball, 32, have been transferred from Cherokee County and booked in the Osage County Jail on murder charges. Pace was identified as a person of interest after investigators learned that he had been staying with Neuman.

Zachary Keith Pace

The pair were arrested on July 18 in Cherokee County after the pair were found to be in possession of items belonging to the victim. (See story)
Pace is facing a felony charge of murder in the first degree deliberate intent.

On July 30 he entered a not guilty plea to the charge. Bond is set at $2 million. Ball is facing a felony charge of accessory to murder. She entered a not guilty plea to the charge and is being held on $250,000 bond.

Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden said today investigators are waiting on the Medical Examiner’s report but believe the cause of death is going to be blunt trauma. “It is a tragic incident and we are working diligently to bring justice to the victim’s family,” he said.

Pace and Ball are set for a status conference on Aug. 8 in Osage County District Court.

Megan Nicole Ball