After a pre- and post-holiday lull, this week in court will be more interesting than it has been.

The notable cases include a Cleveland woman fighting the obstruction charge against her that involves a shooting death for which her boyfriend was acquitted, a Coventry Township woman charged with shooting and dismembering her husband, and an effort to keep a Massillon hospital open.

Here’s a closer look at these cases:

Fighting obstruction charges

Akiria Taylor, 26, is charged with obstruction of justice. Prosecutors say Taylor drove her boyfriend, Antonio Parra, away from the scene of a fatal shooting in January 2017 in Barberton. Jurors found Parra not guilty of murder in October 2017, saying he acted in self-defense. Parra was, however, convicted of two weapons charges.

Taylor originally pleaded guilty to obstruction, but withdrew her plea after Parra was acquitted.

Erik Jones, Parra’s attorney, has asked Summit County Common Pleas Judge Joy Oldfield to dismiss the case, but prosecutors are fighting this. Oldfield will take up the issue at a status hearing at 1 p.m. Monday.

Taylor is free on a personal recognizance bond.

Murder case involving dismemberment

Marcia Eubank, 49, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse in the death of her husband, Howard Eubank, 54.

Investigators say Eubank shot her husband several times in mid-June, dismembered his body with power and hand tools, and placed his remains in bins throughout their home. One of the couple’s sons discovered one of the containers Dec. 9 in the home he shared with his parents.

Eubank will have her second pretrial at 1 p.m. Tuesday before Judge Jason Wells.

Eubank is represented by attorneys Brian Pierce and Andrea Whitaker. Pierce has said he will explore a potential defense of battered woman syndrome.

Eubank is being held at the Summit County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.

Fight to save hospital

The fight to keep Affinity Medical Center in Massillon from closing will be taken up in court Thursday.

Stark County Common Pleas Judge Chryssa Hartnett will have a hearing at 9 a.m. to decide if a temporary order she issued Jan. 19 requiring the hospital to remain open should be continued.

The order was in response to a lawsuit filed by the city of Massillon, a group of Affinity doctors and others against Affinity’s owner to keep the hospital open. The order also said Affinity’s management must cooperate with efforts by the city to create a plan for a new entity to buy the hospital or coordinate appropriate closure to transition patient care.

Quorum, Affinity’s Tennessee-based owner, stunned the Stark County community earlier this month when it announced the hospital would end clinical operations in February and be shuttered in March. Quorum said it failed to find a buyer for the hospital, which it said has lost money in each of the last six years.

Government leaders, state lawmakers, local physicians, a nurses’ union representing RNs at the hospital and others in the community have been fighting plans to close the 156-bed, acute-care facility, which has about 800 employees.

Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at 330-996-3705 or swarsmith@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow on Twitter: @swarsmithabj and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/swarsmith.