Details in Fairfax murder case releasedAugust 5, 2019 | Courts
PAWHUSKA — Court documents in the murder cases pending against Zachary Keith Pace, 23, and Megan Nicole Ball, 32, have been filed in Osage County District Court.
The pair were arrested in July in connection to the death of 60-year-old Heather Neuman. (See Story)
In the affidavit, Osage County Sheriff investigator Terry York, reports he found Neuman deceased in her bed at her Fairfax residence on July 17.
York reports blood splatter was on the bedroom walls and that Neuman presumingly died from a blow to the head while lying in bed. On Saturday Sheriff Eddie Virden said investigators are still waiting on the medical examiner’s report to learn the official cause of death.
Neuman’s vehicle and two televisions were missing from the residence.
York interviewed a neighbor who reportedly said he and Pace went to a casino on July 13 and that Pace was driving Neuman’s car. During the trip, Pace reportedly asked the neighbor if he would break Neuman’s neck to which the neighbor reportedly said no. The neighbor told York he did not see Pace, the vehicle or Neuman again.
Authorities report obtaining multiple videos showing Pace and Ball using Neuman’s bank card and vehicle. York interviewed a second subject who reportedly said Pace stated he was involved in a beating death and that he was trying to figure out how to dispose of the body.
York reports there was a tracking device on Pace’s phone that suggests Pace was at the residence during the time period it is believed Neuman was killed and that he returned to the home multiple times afterwards.
Ball reportedly told York that Pace picked her up on July 13 in Neuman’s car and that he made statements that he had been involved in a murder. Ball told authorities they went to the residence and that they took Neuman’s dog and placed it in the yard of a family member.
The pair were later arrested in Cherokee County. Pace attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended after a short chase. Neuman’s car and property were found at the location. Ball’s mother reportedly told investigators that the pair told her they needed to hide the vehicle because he was a person of interest in a Fairfax case. She also said he offered to sell her a television.
The pair are being held in the Osage County Jail and scheduled for court this week. (See story)