Police: Avon Lake victim’s head was wrapped in plastic

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AVON LAKE, Ohio -- A press conference was held Friday regarding the arrest of an Avon Lake woman accused of murdering her husband, Michael C. Gabel, 55.

According to Avon Lake police, the arrest of Jeane L. Harrington is the result of an investigation into the man's death, which happened on Aug. 16, 2011.

"Due to the nature of this crime, we wanted to make sure we had conducted the most thorough and comprehensive investigation possible prior to making an arrest," said Avon Lake Police Chief Duane Streator Friday.

He said Harrington called police in 2011 to report her husband appeared to be dead on the couch.

Michael Gabel (Courtesy: Pat O'Brien Chevrolet)
Michael Gabel (Courtesy: Pat O'Brien Chevrolet)

She said he was cold to the touch and had plastic wrapping around his head.

When officers arrived, they found Gabel as his wife descrbed.

He was wearing a shirt and underwear.

Harrington said there had been a physical altercation during an argument.

Through a long investigation, Streator said police concluded Harrington used a stun gun on Gabel.  Once he was incapacitated, she allegedly wrapped industrial sized Syran-like wrapping around his head to asphyxiate him.

The Lorain County Coroner's Office said Gabel's cause of death is asphyxia and other "conditions of blunt impact to the head, trunk, extremities and electrical burns."

Gabel worked as a car salesman, including at Pat O'Brien Chevrolet.

Harrington was called to the Avon Lake Police Department where she was arrested Thursday.

Between 2002 and 2011, police were called to the home 10 times for domestic and other problems.

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