Ex-Allegan County innkeeper killed in Ann Arbor area

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Kent Neigebauer appears in court via video feed on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 following the killing of his wife, Marcia. (WDIV)

ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — A former innkeeper from Allegan County is dead after allegedly being strangled by her husband in the Ann Arbor area.

NBC affiliate WDIV reports 66-year-old Kent Neigebauer called 911 Sunday night and very calmly told a dispatcher he had just killed his wife, 63-year-old Marcia Neigebauer.

It happened inside their home at Arbor Knoll Apartments in Pittsfield Township, according to officers.

Marcia Neigebauer previously served as innkeeper for DeLano Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast.

A September post on the business’ Facebook page stated it would be temporarily closing as its owner moved closer to the University of Michigan Hospital for treatment for Lou Gehrig’s disease. WDIV says Marcia Neigebauer was diagnosed with the disease.

Kent Neigebauer was a retired officer from the Ann Arbor area, according to WDIV. He was stoic as he appeared in court Tuesday via a jail video feed.

Relatives of the couple could be seen wiping away tears during the hearing, but declined to comment about the case.

The former Allegan City mayor, Mike Morton lives across the street from the Bed and Breakfast where Marcia Neigebauer and her husband Kent worked and lived.

“I believe she had a very positive impact in overall for the city of Allegan,” said Morton. “I was very sad and appalled. I’ve had dinner with Marsha and Kent, I thought they were very lovely people. It was very sad to see something like this happen.”

A judge denied Kent Neigebauer bond. He’s expected back in court Dec. 5.

Wednesday afternoon, Tim Perrigo, the executive director of the Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce, made the following statement on Marcia Neigebauer’s passing:

“I think I can speak for the entire Allegan community in saying that we are saddened by the news of Marcia’s passing and that our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. She wholeheartedly embraced us as neighbors and friends, was a passionate and tireless advocate for City of Allegan, and a valued member of our business community.”