Grandmother out on bond

ALBEMARLE, N.C. - A 76-year-old woman accused of attempting to hire someone to kill her husband was released from jail Thursday after her relatives paid a portion of her $300,000 bond.

Phillip Burr confirmed his business, Burr Bail Bonds, posted the bond for the release of Betty Neumar.

He declined to say how much his agency was paid by Neumar's relatives.

N.C. law prohibits a bondsman from charging more than 15% of the bond amount, or $45,000 in Neumar's case.

Neumar was arrested in May, charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

Prosecutors have said she offered cash and a pickup truck to at least three people in the summer of 1976, just weeks before her husband was shot to death in the couple's home.

The murder of Harold Gentry was reopened earlier this year at the insistence of his brother, Al Gentry.

He could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

The alleged crime attracted national attention after investigators said they were looking into the deaths of Neumar's previous husbands.

A former hairdresser, Neumar has been married five times in North Carolina, Ohio, Florida, and Georgia, according to investigators.

She is charged only in connection with the death of her fourth husband.

Sources told NewsChannel 36 the money for bond was raised by Neumar's daughters who were concerned for their mother's health and medical treatment inside the Stanly County Jail.

Neumar has been battling high blood pressure and other ailments, said one source, who asked not to be identified.

Court documents from a September 26 hearing in which Neumar's $500,000 bond was lowered do not indicate any restrictions for her release.

She is expected to return to Georgia where she was living at the time of her arrest.

A trial date has not been set.

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