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Police: Husband drowns wife in physical altercation

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Las Vegas Metro police are investigating an incident at a home near Durango and Russell, after finding a woman dead and a man with minor injuries inside on Saturday morning.

Police say they discovered the woman's body after they were called to the home on the 5800 block of Sleepy Spruce for reports of a suicide attempt.

Homicide investigators were called to the scene immediately, and the man was transported to UMC for minor injuries.

Police have identified the man as 51-year-old Neal Huff. The Clark County Coroner identified the woman as 56-year-old Karen Vernel Hevener.

Investigators say an argument turned into a physical altercation. The situation then moved to the backyard, where detectives say Huff drowned Hevener while struggling with her in the pool.

Neighbors say Huff and Hevener are married. They say police found the Hevener's body by the pool, then surrounded the home with guns drawn. Minutes later, they say they saw the man come out of the house with a rope around his neck.

"I used to wave to him every day when I was going around the block. He was very friendly," said neighbor Marilyn Sam.

Sam said she was walking her dog in the quiet neighborhood when she saw the crime scene and learned about what happened.

"I was praying all the way down the street for both of them. I just don't understand what makes people do those things," Sam said.

"They seemed pretty happy and I'm in shock all this is happening, and scared because it's next door," said neighbor Elica Yurukova.

She said the couple seemed perfectly fine when she talked to them in her driveway on Friday night. She never expected that would be her last conversation with her neighbors, who moved to Las Vegas from Pahrump earlier this year.

"We are all in shock here, because they are friendly. If they're aggressive people then you assume something, but they're pretty friendly," Yurukova said.

Other neighbors say they will miss having the couple stop by to say hello. None of them suspected any trouble inside the home.

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