Cincinnati enquirer 05/22/1999
Prosecutor Stepfather indicted in kidnapping, deaths of girl, 1 1 ; boy, 4 The Associated Press URBANA, Ohio A prosecutor said triday he will seek the death penalty against a man charged with kidnapping and killing his two stepchildren stepchildren who disappeared from their home nearly two years ago. Kevin Neal, 32, was indicted on 11 counts, including aggravated murder, kidnapping and offenses against a corpse, said Champaign County Prosecutor Prosecutor Nick Selvaggio. "We're alleging that Kevin pur posely with prior calculation and design design caused their deaths," said Mr. Selvaggio. He declined to release details about what led to the indictments by the grand jury, which met on Thursday. Thursday. Mr. Neal is serving a seven-to-15-year seven-to-15-year seven-to-15-year seven-to-15-year seven-to-15-year seven-to-15-year seven-to-15-year sentence for sexual battery at an Indiana prison in an unrelated case. Authorities want him returned to Ohio for trial, although the timing is uncertain, Mr. Selvaggio said. Mr. Selvaggio said he met with family members of the victims, including including the childrens' mother, Sue Neal, to tell them about the indictment. indictment. "It was a very emotional time for them. They were relieved that the investigative phase had concluded and the prosecution was beginning," Mr. Selvaggio said. "Sue reacted as you would expect a mother to react she sobbed." India Smith, 11, and her half-brother, half-brother, half-brother, Cody, 4, vanished on July 9, 1997. Mr. Neal said they disappeared from their yard while he was cleaning the house. Authorities and hundreds of volun teers looked for the children in a search that received widespread me- me- to seek death dia attention. On Sept. 6, 1997, a farmer found the children's unclothed, badly decomposed decomposed remains side-by-side side-by-side side-by-side side-by-side side-by-side near Nettle Creek Cemetery, about 3 miles from the house. BACK PAIN RELIEF Dayton's Backsaver Dealer Give the gift Of comfort and relaxation. Our back care product show you more than 400 posture-perfect posture-perfect posture-perfect solutions for a pain-free pain-free pain-free lifestyle We can help you reduce stress at work, relax at home, sleep more soundly, injury and even make coach feel like first class when you travel. Visit your THE BACK store and ask about our 1 2 month interest-free interest-free interest-free financing. ;V .1 Jkf tfjf On Bach Support Mad River Station (near Dayton Mall) 2713 Miamisburg-Centerville Miamisburg-Centerville Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. Dayton, OH (937)435-2225 (937)435-2225 (937)435-2225 penalty Champaign County Coroner Josh Richards said the children died as a result of some type of violence on the day they disappeared. He found no evidence of struggle or that a weapon was involved.