Marcia Eubank told family members her husband Howard had moved to Texas six months ago. Text messages on his social media accounts said, "I will reach out to people when I'm ready to. Please don't try to contact me I need some time for myself." However, when their son discovered a maggot-ridden crate of human remains inside a locked room in his parent's house, Marcia sang a different tune. “I killed your Dad,” she texted her son, according to People magazine.
The 49-year-old from Coventry Township, Ohio, was arraigned on aggravated murder charges on Wednesday, December 13. According to the website Cleveland.com, she told police she shot her husband twice in the head, before dismembering his body and stashing the remains in storage containers throughout the house. She pleaded not guilty and is being held in the Summit County jail on $1 million bond.
In order to keep up the illusion that he was still alive, Marcia Eubank would allegedly log onto his Facebook account, messaging family members and telling them all was well down in the heart of Texas. "There was another post from his Facebook to Marcia's Facebook saying he missed her," said Jonathon Eubank, Howard’s son from a previous marriage, in an interview with ABC’s News 5 Cleveland.
Who knows how long she would have kept up the charade if Howard Eubank Jr. hadn’t locked himself out of the house. He had been living with his mother on and the off for the past six months and after forgetting his house keys climbed through a window and discovered his father’s rotting remains. They were kept in an office Marcia kept locked. Jonathon Eubank surmizes she swapped out deodorizers on a regular basis to throw off the smell.
Jonathan Eubank says Howard and Marcia had been married for over 20 years. According to court records, investigators believe Howard Eubank was killed on June 13 of this year. Police are still trying to determine a motive for the crime.
[Photo: Summit County Sheriff's Office]