Criminal complaint unsealed in Fort Stewart murder

By Staff Writer 03/11/2014 18:59:00

Criminal complaint unsealed in Fort Stewart murder

John EubankJohn Eubank
Lillie EubankLillie Eubank
Carl SwainCarl Swain
FORT STEWART (WTOC) -

More arrests might be coming in connection with the murder of a Fort Stewart soldier after the criminal complaint was unsealed.

The soldier's wife, Lillie Eubank and her brother Carl Swain, are already behind bars for the crime. 

Spc. John Eubank was murdered in November of last year, but the criminal complaint suggested the original plan was to carry out the killing much earlier, in August, right around the time Eubank returned from Afghanistan.

In the criminal complaint, Lillie Eubank admitted to federal agents that she had been texting and calling her brother Carl Swain, planning for more than six months to murder her husband.

The criminal complaint also said Swain requested items like "a steel pipe, bleach and ammonia" in order to commit the crime. He abandoned that idea in favor of the bat that Lillie Eubank admitted to buying from Walmart.

Lillie Eubank admitted to driving her husband and her brother to Holbrook Pond, where she said she saw what she eventually understood to be Swain beating her husband with the bat.

Instead of calling for help, the complaint stated she picked up Swain and drove him to the bus station to head home to Alabama, all for her husband's life insurance policy.

Is there more to this twisted murder triangle?

The complaint said there may be probable cause against unknown persons in addition to Lillie Eubank and Carl Swain. It also specifies that other documents remain sealed because they indicate an ongoing investigation that is "niether public nor known to all the targets of the investigation," which suggests there may be others who may be involved in this crime.

Eubanks is being held in the Liberty County Jail. Both she and Swain face murder charges.

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