UPDATE: Woman pleads guilty in fatal shooting in Meigs County

Published: Jul. 4, 2019 at 4:07 PM EDT
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UPDATE: 10/28/19 5 P.M.

A woman has pleaded guilty to a shooting that killed another woman in July, the Meigs County prosecuting attorney's office said on Monday.

Tammy Neace, 45, of Pomeroy, Ohio, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and attempted murder in the fatal shooting of Kelli R. Markins, 42, also of Pomeroy, on July 3.

Investigators said Markins was in a vehicle on Osbourne Street that Neace targeted with gunshots during a child-custody exchange.

Neace is the child's maternal grandmother, and Markins was the child's paternal grandmother, authorities said. The child's father was also present during the custody exchange.

UPDATE 7/12/2019

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood says that Tammy Neace, who is accused of shooting Kelli Markins, has turned herself into deputies.

Sheriff Woods says Neace walked into the Sheriff's office around midnight Friday morning where she was taken into custody.

Continue to follow for more information as it becomes available.

Update: 7/8/2019

Deputies in Meigs County, Ohio continue following up on leads in the search for Tammy Neace, accused of shooting Kelli Markins, who later died.

Sheriff Keith Wood says the office has received tips Neace might have visited the Parkersburg area.

Her description is listed below.


The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a woman allegedly involved in the shooting death of another woman. The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Pomeroy.

Authorities said a the parents of a young child had a child-visitation exchange set on Osbourne Street in Pomeroy. When the child’s father and paternal grandmother got there, Tammy Neace, 45, of Pomeroy, the maternal grandmother, shot at them.

Kelli Markins, 42, of Pomeroy, the child's paternal grandmother, was struck multiple times. She was pronounced dead at Holzer Meigs Emergency Department after being taken there in a private vehicle.

As a result, the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office has filed a aggravated-murder against Neace.

She's described as a white female, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 105 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. She is believed to be in a white 2001 Hyundai Accent four-door sedan with Ohio license-plate number FIX8138.

Wood said she should be considered armed and dangerous but added that she may have left the Pomeroy area.

Anyone with information about where she might be is asked to call Sgt. Frank Stewart at the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office at 740-992-3371 or any local law-enforcement agency.

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