A Hickory man pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the 2013 beating death of his wife.
Marvin Antonio Hill, 39, initially told police that he pushed his wife, Louver Hill, causing her to fall in their home on Miami Street, prosecutors said.
He later told officers that he argued with his wife after returning from a store and that the argument escalated into a fight. He then claimed his wife slipped, fell and hit her head, which knocked Louver Hill unconscious, prosecutors said.
Catawba County sheriff’s investigators found Louver Hill, 36, dead in the back bedroom of the home after noticing the kitchen and the bedroom in disarray.
EMS responders told Brian Kelly, the lead investigator in the case, that Louver Hill had cuts on her arms, dried blood in and around her nose and bruises on her body.
Kelly determined that Louver Hill had been beaten severely in various areas of the home before being dragged into the bedroom. Evidence showed someone tried to clean the home of signs of the altercation, prosecutors said.
An autopsy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem revealed a circular indentation in her forehead and numerous defensive wounds on her arms. Louver Hill also suffered at least three blows to her head, according to prosecutors. Her cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma.
While interviewing Marvin Hill, Kelly noticed Hill’s right hand was swollen about twice the size of his left, and he admitted to fighting with his wife, although he did not say how many times he struck her, prosecutors said.
Neither Hill nor his attorney, Calvin Coleman, had anything to say when given a chance by Superior Court Judge Gregory Hayes on Monday.
Hill’s sentencing will take place at a later date when the victim’s family can be present, District Attorney David Learner said. The sentence for a second-degree murder conviction can vary widely depending on a defendant’s criminal record, if any, he said.