Only on 12: Stepson speaks out about Betty Neumar

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 11, May 22, 2007

Augusta, Ga. --- Only on 12, John Neumar has questions after finding out his stepmother 76-year-old Betty Neumar was arrested and charged with solicitation to commit murder. The charge is connected to the death of her husband Thomas Harold Gentry back in 1986 in North Carolina. When John Neumar found out his stepmother was arrested, the first thing that went through his mind was his own father who died back in October.

"He past away recently. And when he passed away she never called me and told me he was sick or nothing. And when I found out he was dead I read about it in the paper. And before I could go see him, he was cremated," John Neumar said.

John said he wasn't even shocked to find out about Betty's arrest.

"With the relationship I had with her over the years, and the way she pulled my father away from me, I mean nothing shocked me," Neumar said.

John said he didn't even talk to his father the last few years he was alive.

"From the time my father married her, it didn't take long for a split to grow between our families. And it just got wider as the years got older," Neumar said.

News 12 interviewed the Neumar's back in 1997 about helping flood victims in Kentucky.

"I saw how the people were devastated. And I've been through things like this. And I know what it means when you come back home and there's not even a pan to warm a baby bottle or anything in," Betty Neumar said.

All this leads to more questions for John.

"Makes me wonder now why he got cremated so quick and nobody told me he was sick, or died till he was cremated," Neumar said.

John said he just wants to know what happened to his father.

"I want to know why he was just cremated before I even know he was dead. This leads me to ask that question," Neumar said.

The Stanly County Sheriff said this was a cold case that came back to life recently after they got a tip. So tonight, Betty Neumar is in the Richmond County Jail, waiting to go to North Carolina. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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