Akron Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Wife

52-year-old Phillip Battle of Johnland Ave. in Akron pled guilty Wednesday in connection with the death of his wife, Anita Heard.

According to the Summit County Prosecutor's Office, Battle pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence, failure to comply, and domestic violence.

On October 11, 2016, Akron police went to the couple's house for reports of a disturbance, but found nothing.  The next day, Battle called 911 to say he had shot his wife.  Police found Anita Heard lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head.  She died a month later.

Battle is to be sentenced at 9 a.m. on February 22.

Photo Courtesy Summit County Prosecutor

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Tom Moore has been a news anchor and reporter for Newsradio WTAM 1100 since 1995. He has won a number of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Press Club of Cleveland, and The Associated Press.

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