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Wife of slain soldier charged, denied bond

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Lillie Eubank (Source: Liberty County jail) Lillie Eubank (Source: Liberty County jail)
Carl Swain (Source: Bulloch County Sheriff's Office) Carl Swain (Source: Bulloch County Sheriff's Office)
Spc. John Eubank Spc. John Eubank

The wife of a slain soldier appeared in court for a detention hearing on Tuesday morning.

Lillie Eubank was arrested on Feb. 28 on a criminal complaint charging her with the death of her husband Spc. John Eubank.

Carl Swain is charged with the November 2013 murder of Spc. John Eubank.

The U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed Thursday that Swain and Lillie Eubank are brother and sister.

Swain is charged with willfully, maliciously and with premeditation beating Eubank to death on Fort Stewart. The indictment also suggested this was a murder for hire.

Federal prosecutors said Lillie Eubank had her husband killed for his $160,000 life insurance policy to help pay bills and start up a business.

At the court hearing Tuesday morning, federal prosecutors said Lillie Eubank paid for Swain's bus ticket from Alabama and actually drove the two men to Holbrook Pond where Swain eventually assaulted Spc. John Eubank, possibly with a baseball bat.

Prosecutors said Spc. John Eubank was found alive, but was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Prosecutors also said that Lillie Eubank promised to share some of the life insurance money with Swain.

"I'm happy," said Matthew Hurst, Lillie Eubank's other brother. "I mean, I'm sad for her, but I'm happy justice will finally be served."

Hurst said he felt there was more to this story all along.

"I mean, you connect the dots," he said. "Carl's her brother. He was on base. You can't get on base without someone taking you on there. Lillie ain't a good person. I actually had her youngins in foster care at my house, raising them as my own."

Bond was denied for Lillie Eubank by a federal judge Tuesday

She is being held at the Liberty County jail and an indictment is expected to be presented to a grand jury on Wednesday.

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