A woman charged with killing her husband in 2013 is out on bond again, just days before her murder trial is set to begin.
Dan McNeely was 64 years old when prosecutors said his wife, Vicky McNeely, shot and killed him in Owasso in 2013.
Both of Dan’s daughters live out of state. One of them said she has either flown or driven to Tulsa at least five times expecting the trial to begin, only to face another delay.
“Nobody should have to wait seven to eight years for a trial. It’s ridiculous,” Dan’s daughter Suzanne McNeely-Davis said. "We pray every day that we can have some closure."
Suzanne is one of his two daughters and learned yesterday Vicky bonded out of the Tulsa County Jail.
"I was livid,” she said.
Vicky's attorney argues Vickey killed Dan in self-defense because he came at her with a knife. But prosecutors said Dan was shot five times, including in the back of the head. Court records show Vicky has been released on bond twice before she was put back in jail. Once, for aggravated DUI and then for violating the conditions of her bond. Her attorney said she is now on "supervised house arrest" under "strict conditions."
Attorney Jason Edge declined an interview, but released this statement:
“We are aware of the story published and comments about Vicky’s release. I think it is important to realize that this case has taken an incredibly long time to get to trial. We believe the judge’s decision to release her pending trial was made with the ultimate goal of making sure this case actually goes to trial on October 12 and a fair trial is given. During COVID the jail will not allow private confidential attorney visits (for obvious safety reasons). However that fact paired with Vicky’s numerous health concerns made trial preparation virtually impossible. Rather than risk another potential trial continuance – She was released for simply the next 12 days pending trial. It should also be noted that she is released on supervised house arrest and strict conditions. Finally, while we refuse to try this case in the media even amongst some very misleading information that has been released – we feel confident that the trial will show Vicky was defending her life. She is looking forward to having her story told at trial.”
The jail said the claim that the “jail will not allow private confidential attorney visits” is not true.
The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office said the jail does allow private attorney visits, both in person with a glass partition (because of COVID-19), and video chat visits. TCSO said according to its records, in the entire time Vicky has been in jail only one request was made by an attorney for a visit. The sheriff’s office said that request was made September 24, 2020. TCSO said a visit was offered to one of Vicky's attorneys, but said jail records show the attorney denied the visit.
Dan's other daughter, Megan Nash, said, "I am so disappointed in all the delays the defense has been able to get away with. My children have grown up without their grandpa, and none of us have even been able to grieve."
Dan's daughters said if he were alive today, he would have 11 grandkids and 13 great grandkids.
Suzanne holds on to her childhood memories with her dad, who she said was "brilliant" and worked hard.
"My dad's favorite cookies were Nutter Butters and he used to on Saturday mornings we would sit on the living room floor with a box of Frosted Flakes between us and watch cartoons. That's what kind of a guy he was,” Suzanne said.
The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office did not want to comment this close to the trial, which is scheduled to begin October 12.