Three of the four women accused of helping to cover up a Muskingum County murder pleaded guilty this week.
The women were charged with helping Shaquille Davis cover up the July 24 murder of 24-year-old Phillip Kimbro.
Kimbro’s burning body was found a day later in neighboring Morgan County.
Billie Harris, 40, of McConnelsville, pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of obstructing justice, both third-degree felonies, for concealing evidence and lying to a Zanesville police detective.
A day earlier, her daughter, Marcia Brittany Lee Harris, 21, and Samantha Drabik, 22, both of Zanesville, also pleaded guilty for their roles in the crime.
Drabik pleaded guilty to one felony count of obstructing justice after Davis, 19, was arrested on Aug. 7 at Drabik’s house. Davis later was charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of Kimbro.
Marcia Harris pleaded guilty to two counts of tampering with evidence, one count of obstructing justice and one count of abuse of a corpse. Those counts, according to the indictment, charged Harris with helping to clean blood from the site, helping to transport Kimbro’s body and setting it ablaze, as well as lying to Zanesville police.
Muskingum County Common Pleas Judge Mark Fleegle postponed sentencing.
A fourth suspect, Tiffany Ellen Peace, 18, of Zanesville, faces a trial on Tuesday on multiple counts of obstruction and tampering.
Davis’ murder trial is scheduled for Jan. 14.
By Eric Lyttle - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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