Defendant in 2022 Auglaize County murder scheme changes plea

TOLEDO — One of three individuals charged in the April 2022 death of Timothy Hovanec in Auglaize County has pleaded guilty in federal court to being an accessory in the disposal of Hovanec’s body.

Anita Green and her daughter, Amanda Hovanec, both of Wapakoneta, and South Africa resident Anthony Theodorou were charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in May of 2022 for the death of Hovanec, the estranged husband of Amanda Hovanec whose body was found in rural Auglaize County near Waynesfield.

According to the federal indictment, Amanda Hovanec and Theodorou conspired to import the controlled substance etorphine from South Africa into the United States. Federal investigators said Timothy Hovanec died from an injection administered by Amanda Hovanec of a lethal dose of the controlled substance into his shoulder.

The affidavit alleges that Green later drove Amanda Hovanec and Theodorou to a wooded area at the corner of Blank Pike and Wrestle Creek Road to bury the body.

Amanda Hovanec and Theodorou have pleaded not guilty to charges that included conspiracy to import a controlled substance, importation of a controlled substance, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance.

Green was charged with being an accessory after the fact for helping her daughter dispose of Hovanec’s body. Last month Green entered a plea of guilty to the felony charge. Judge James Knepp II ordered a pre-sentence investigation report be submitted to the court no later than Feb. 9, 2024. Green is to be sentenced Feb. 23.

In an order dated Oct 10 which notified the court of Green’s intent to change her plea, all trial-related dates and deadlines were vacated.

The cases of Green, Hovanec and Theodorou had been joined for trial and a Jan. 8, 2024 trial date had been scheduled.