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John Eichner enters not guilty plea in murder case

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 10:43 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2021 at 10:46 AM EDT
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GENOA, Ohio (WTVG) - The attorney for an estranged husband accused of killing his wife has entered a not guilty plea in Ottawa County.

John Eichner was scheduled to appear in court Friday, but he won’t be in court after the plea was entered.

Eicher is accused of killing his wife, who was not seen in two weeks after authorities found a body believed to be Amber Eichern buried in the backyard of a Toledo home.

John Eichner was last seen dropping off the four daughters he shared with Amber Eichner with a family member in Tennessee. He was arrested Tuesday and is currently in the Ottawa County Jail, also facing charges of child endangerment and tampering with evidence.

He appeared in court Wednesday, with a judge setting bail at more than $1 million.

John Eichner is currently in the Ottawa County Jail facing charges of child endangerment and...
John Eichner is currently in the Ottawa County Jail facing charges of child endangerment and tampering with evidence.(WTVG)

Family members said Amber Eichner was seeking a domestic violence shelter to get away from John, and her last cell phone ping was near Cleveland, Tennessee, where the children were dropped off.

According to the Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney, a woman’s body found buried in a backyard in south Toledo is believed to be Amber Eichner. Authorities received a tip from a friend that John Eichner had asked and been given permission to bury a deceased dog in the friend’s backyard.

The Lucas County Coroner’s Office said the woman found buried in the backyard had been strangled and ruled the death a homicide. A positive identification has not yet been made.

Genoa mayor Thomas Bergman issued the following statement on Wednesday:

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