TWINSBURG — A Dooridge Drive man accused of causing the death of his wife in October remains pending, though the cause of her death is officially unclear. In the meantime, he has been released on a personal recognizance bond.
Gary Guenther, chief investigator with the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office, said Nov. 29 that the cause of 65-year-old Marilyn Demchak’s death has been "ruled undetermined" and an "unexpected death" by "uncertain mechanisms."
Demchak’s husband, 70-year-old Anthony T. Demchak is currently charged with first-degree felony murder, but had not been indicted as of Nov. 30. His case was bound over to a grand jury from Stow Municipal Court on Oct. 30
He had been held in Summit County Jail on a $500,000 bond. However, on Nov. 21, the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to modify it to a personal bond and Summit County Common Pleas Judge Amy Corrigall Jones ordered Demchak’s release the next day. Conditions of Demchak's release include that he wear a GPS monitoring device and that his movements be limited to his home, the court and his attorney's office.
The prosecutor’s motion states the reason for the modification is "due to the complex nature of the facts and circumstances in this case. The opinion of the medical examiner at this juncture needs to be fully examined by both the State of Ohio and the defense. A personal recognizance bond will assist in potentially resolving the matter."
The motion further states that neither Twinsburg police, nor Marilyn Demchak’s family have raised objections to the bond modification.
"Due to the medical examiner’s determination, we agreed that a modification of Mr. Demchak’s bond was appropriate," said Prosecutor’s Office spokesman James Pollack, who declined additional comment.
"It’s an ongoing case and the office does not comment on current cases," he said.
Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh also declined to comment, citing the same reason.
John Greven, Demchak’s attorney, did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Police said they received a phone call from Demchak reporting that his wife was unresponsive after she apparently bumped her head on the corner of a dresser. Demchak said there was still moist blood on his wife’s head.
Twinsburg EMS took Marilyn Demchak to Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg, where she was pronounced dead.