Sherman police investigate deaths of sisters-in-law

The Sherman Police Department is investigating the deaths of two sisters-in-law who died in separate incidents on the same day.

On Sunday at 3:20 a.m., Sherman resident Leonard Neyland, 45, reported to police that his wife Sarah, 26, was injured and needed medical assistance, the Sherman PD, said in a release Monday. When members of the Sherman Fire Department arrived at Neyland’s house in the 300 block of Laughlin Road, they found Sarah Neyland deceased. Grayson County Sheriff’s deputies also responded to the scene.

At the same time, Sherman PD officers responded to an accident on Friendship Road in which a car struck a tree and caught fire. The deceased occupant of the car was Leonard Neyland’s sister Michelle Wheat, 43, who lived with the Neylands.

Authorities initially believed the two incidents were related.

“Through the investigative efforts of Critical Accident Investigation Team (CAIT), Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and Texas Ranger Brad Oliver, it was determined that the crash on Friendship Road and the incident involving the Neylands were not directly related,” the release said.

In a statement police said they believe Leonard Neyland ran over his wife with a car, removed her from the scene after she sustained major injuries and drove to their home. The Sherman PD issued a warrant for manslaughter for Leonard Neyland. Police arrested him and he was booked into Grayson County Jail on manslaughter charges. As of Monday afternoon, a bond amount had not been set.

Both of these investigations are ongoing, police said.


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