BATH | At the second day of an evidentiary hearing in the killing of Michele Neurauter of Corning, Steuben County Judge Peter Bradstreet heard a recording from an interview her ex-husband had Jan. 24 with two Corning-based FBI agents.
Lloyd Neurauter’s account of the days surrounding his ex-wife’s death seemed to fall apart during the approximately three-hour interview -- the same day he was tackled by police atop a five-story parking garage in Princeton, N.J.
The recorded interview was presented Thursday by District Attorney Brooks Baker as part of the hearing to determine if the recorded interviews with Lloyd Neurauter will be admitted into evidence at his trial, slated for September.
Neurauter, who is now facing a number of charges including first-degree murder in the Aug. 27, 2017 death of Michele Neurauter, spoke to special agents Christopher Mayfield and Kenneth Jensen in the offices of his employer in New Jersey.
About 2.5 hours into the interview, an agent springs a surprise on Neurauter.
“There’s something we have to tell you,” one of the agents, whose identity wasn’t clear because of the low-quality audio recording, told Neurauter. “The medical examiner has determined that the death was a homicide.”
From that point on, Lloyd Neurauter’s answers to questions were slower and slower in coming.
The agents went on to tell him that daughter Karrie Neurauter’s account of events didn’t line up with his own statements.
Lloyd Neurauter had repeatedly said that Karrie went back to her mother’s house in Corning the night of Michele’s death because her Rochester apartment was overcrowded with roommates and their families.
But according to the agents, she sent a text message much earlier than that telling her mother she would be coming back there.
“She went back to Corning before she had a reason to go back to Corning,” the agent said.
“Do you think Karrie had something to do with her (mother’s) death?,” they went on to ask Lloyd Neurauter.
With the violent tendencies and angry outbursts he had claimed Michele was subject to, could things have gotten “out of hand” that night, they asked.
“It’s hard to imagine,” Lloyd Neurauter said after a pause of about 15 seconds.
He later acknowledged he had taken another trip to Corning to meet with Karrie the Thursday before Michele Neurauter’s death -- a trip he hadn’t mentioned in previous interviews or his sworn statement.
Agents also asked him if he had any way to prove he was in his hotel room in Rochester the entire night when Michele was killed.
He said he did not.
“That feels weird,” Neurauter said.
“It should,” one agent responded.
“It feels like you’re going to let Karrie go down with the ship,” the agent said later.
At the end of the interview, they asked him to go to the local New Jersey State Police barracks for further questions.
Not long afterward, he was found at the ledge of the parking garage where police tackled him in a well-publicized video.
Neurauter seemed unfazed by the recorded interview, taking extensive notes as he listened alongside defense attorney Christopher Tunney.
Karrie Neurauter, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of her mother, is set to testify against her father at that trial in exchange for a sentencing recommendation of 15 years to life.
The full list of charges against Lloyd Neurauter includes first-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree custodial interference, tampering with physical evidence, offering a false statement for filing, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree conspiracy and second-degree custodial interference.
The hearing, which began Wednesday, was adjourned Thursday afternoon to continue July 12.