UPDATE | Grandmother sentenced for deadly shooting during child custody exchange

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POMEROY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 11/6/19 @ 1:52 p.m.
A grandmother who shot at a vehicle during a child custody exchange, killing the child's other grandmother, will spend the rest of her life in prison.

Deputies say Tammy Neace, 45, of Pomeroy, Ohio, opened fire on the occupants of a vehicle, killing Kelli R. Markins, 42, of Pomeroy.

Tammy Neace, 46, of Pomeroy, was sentenced Wednesday morning for charges of aggravated murder and attempted murder. She will serve the sentences consecutively.

Meigs County Court of Common Pleas Judge Linda Warner sentenced Neace to life without parole for the aggravated murder charge.

For the attempted murder charge, Judge Warner gave Neace a definite sentence of 10 years and an indefinite sentence of five years. That means, after the first 10 years, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction would determine if she should serve the indefinite sentence based on her behavior in prison and other factors. However, that part of the process becomes irrelevant because Neace was also given a life sentence.

There was also a gun specification on the indictment. She was given three years in prison for that and will serve that sentence first.

Judge Warner also ordered Neace to pay restitution on the aggravated murder charge, and fines on both charges.

Investigators say Neace opened fire on a vehicle on July 3, killing Kelli R. Markins, 42, of Pomeroy. Neace is the child's maternal grandmother and Markins was the child's paternal grandmother.

The shooting happened on Osbourne Street. Investigators say the child's father, Markins' son, was also present during the custody exchange. The child's father was the attempted murder victim.

According to the Meigs County prosecutor, the child's father drove with Markins to Neace's home so he could pick his child up for visitation from the child's mother, Neace's daughter.

The dad parked in front of the home, but the mother did not bring the child outside.

"Neace came out from hiding, approached the vehicle from behind, and knocked on the front passenger window," the prosecutor stated. "Kelli Markins rolled down the window, and Neace immediately pulled a firearm and began shooting point-blank into the vehicle, striking Kelli Markins multiple times."

According to the prosecutor's office, Neace continued firing at the vehicle as the dad sped away. The dad was not hit.

UPDATE 10/28/19 @ 3:55 p.m.
A woman has pleaded guilty to a shooting that killed another woman last July in Meigs County, the prosecutor's office said Monday.

Tammy Neace pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and attempted murder.

Investigators say Neace opened fire on the occupants of a vehicle, killing Kelli R. Markins, 42, of Pomeroy on July 3. It happened during a child custody exchange. According to investigators, Neace is the child's maternal grandmother and Markins was the child's paternal grandmother.

The shooting happened on Osbourne Street. Investigators say the child's father was also present during the custody exchange.

Neace is set to be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6.



UPDATE 7/12/19 @ 5:01 a.m.
The woman accused of shooting and killing another woman during a child custody exchange is in custody after turning herself in.

Tammy Neace walked into the Meigs County Sheriff's Office a little after midnight Friday and was taken into custody. Sheriff Keith Wood tells us there had been no prior contact with Neace, that she just showed up to turn herself in.

Deputies say Neace opened fire on the occupants of a vehicle, killing Kelli R. Markins, 42, of Pomeroy on July 3. According to investigators, Neace is the child's maternal grandmother and Markins was the child's paternal grandmother.

The shooting happened on Osbourne Street. Investigators say the child's father was also present during the custody exchange.



UPDATE 7/9/19 @ 7:15 p.m.
A woman accused of shooting and killing another woman still has not been arrested almost a week after the murder during a child custody exchange.

Deputies say Tammy Neace, 45, of Pomeroy, opened fire on the occupants of a vehicle, killing Kelli R. Markins, 42, of Pomeroy. According to investigators, Neace is the child's maternal grandmother and Markins was the child's paternal grandmother.

The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on Osbourne Street. Investigators say the child's father was also present during the custody exchange.

"We're all still trying to wrap our heads around it," said Markins' daughter Mersadies.

Meigs Sheriff Keith Wood told WSAZ on Thursday, that the custody battle had been bitter.

"They had arguments before and stuff but no one thought it would go to this extent," said Mersadies. "If she would have just came out and talked instead of bringing a gun out, we wouldn't be here in this situation."

Tuesday, the family was making funeral arrangements for Markins and told WSAZ they feel uneasy knowing Neace is out there somewhere

"We're extremely looking over our shoulder on where we go ... It's the fact that I have to look at the vehicles or see anyone that could know her and they be like they're there. Now is your chance."

An aggravated murder charge has been filed against Neace. She is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 105 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. She is believed to be in a white, four-door 2001 Hyundai Accent with Ohio license plate number FIX8138.

"I want her to turn herself in. We need the closure. We need to know we're safe. We can't know that until she's locked up."

Deputies say Neace is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. They say she is believed to no longer be in the Pomeroy area and not an immediate threat to residents in that area.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Neace is asked to contact Sgt. Frank Stewart at the Meigs County Sheriff's Office at 740-992-3371 or local law enforcement.



UPDATE 7/4/19 @ 11:15 a.m.
A woman is still on the run after a deadly shooting that happened Wednesday evening during a child custody exchange in Pomeroy, the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies say Tammy Neace, 45, of Pomeroy, opened fire on the occupants of a vehicle, killing Kelli R. Markins, 42, of Pomeroy. According to investigators, Neace is the child's maternal grandmother and Markins was the child's paternal grandmother.

The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on Osbourne Street. Investigators say the child's father was also present during the custody exchange.

Markins was struck multiple times by gunfire and taken to Holzer Meigs Emergency Department in a private car. She died at the hospital from her injuries.

An aggravated murder charge has been filed against Neace. She is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 105 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. She is believed to be in a white, four-door 2001 Hyundai Accent with Ohio license plate number FIX8138.

Deputies say Neace is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. They say she is believed to no longer be in the Pomeroy area and not an immediate threat to residents in that area.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Neace is asked to contact Sgt. Frank Stewart at the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office at 740-992-3371 or local law enforcement.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/3/19
The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect after a fatal shooting in Pomeroy.

According to the sheriff’s office, a call about shots fired at 648 Osborne St. came in at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The call came from a person transporting the victim to Holzer Emergency Room in Pomeroy.

The victim died from gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

They say the suspect, Tammy Neace, 45, is considered armed and dangerous.

Neace has brown hair, green eyes and is driving a white 2001 Hyundai sedan with Ohio plates FIX 8138.

Investigators believe she could have fled the state. At this time they are not releasing the name of the victim.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation from London, Ohio, is assisting the sheriff’s office with the investigation.

The Meigs County Prosecutor’s office was on scene to assist with search warrants.

This is still an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office at 740-992-3371.