Marcia Eubank, 50, pleaded guilty Friday to murder and other charges in the shooting death and dismemberment of her husband, Howard, last year at their Coventry Township home.
In exchange, Summit County prosecutors — with the support of Howard Eubank’s family and detectives who investigated the slaying — dropped the more serious charge of aggravated murder filed against Eubank in a sensational case that has drawn international attention.
Eubank’s hair has gone mostly gray since December 2017 when she was arrested after one of her sons discovered a container holding some of his father's remains at the Linda Street home he shared with his parents.
Until then, family and neighbors following Howard Eubank, 54, on social media, believed he was safely working in Texas for several months as part of his job driving trucks for a local pipe company.
Investigators said they quickly figured out, however, that was a ruse concocted by Marcia Eubank to hide her husband’s slaying.
Marcia Eubank shot her husband several times during a domestic dispute in June 2017, used power and hand tools to dismember his body and then hid the remains in containers inside their home, police said.
Brian Pierce, one of Marcia Eubank’s defense attorneys, has said his client suffered physical and mental abuse in the relationship that went unreported to police.
Those issues will likely be raised as mitigating factors at Marcia Eubank’s sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for Feb. 8. At that time, Howard Eubank's family members can also lobby a judge for leniency or vengeance.