It took a jury of eight women and four men just one hour to find Carl Evan Swain guilty of murder and conspiracy to commit murder for money in the 2013 killing of his brother-in-law, Army Spc. John Eubank.
According to 1st Assistant U.S. Attorney James Durham, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia, Swain should be sentenced within three months, but no date has been set.
Testimony presented at the 3½-day trial in federal court in Savannah laid out a grisly story of Swain brutally beating Eubank with a baseball bat.
The soldier’s body was found at Holbrook Pond by fellow soldiers who attempted to revive him and alerted the police. Eubank died at Winn Army Community Hospital from blunt-force trauma as a result of the attack.
During a March 2014 hearing, Durham stated that reports by the FBI alleged that Eubank’s widow Lillie Eubank, arranged for her Swain to murder her husband so she could collect on his $500,000 life-insurance policy.
She was said to have planned to give her brother $30,000 in cash payments.
Eubank was separated from the case and is set to be tried at a later date according to Durham.
He said because government prosecutors didn’t seek the death penalty, Swain faces life in prison. There is no parole in a federal sentence.