A judge has scheduled a competency hearing for a 19-year-old charged in the bludgeoning deaths of a New Franklin couple.
NEW FRANKLIN, Ohio - An arrest has been made in connection with the brutal murders of a couple from Summit County found dead in their home earlier this week.
During a news conference Thursday afternoon, police said 18-year-old Shawn Ford Jr. of Akron was arrested in connection with the deaths of Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert. He was the boyfriend of the couple's 18-year-old daughter, Chelsea Schobert.
"There's physical evidence that would link him to this crime right now," said Detective Michael Hitchings of the New Franklin police.
Ford has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated burglary and grand theft. He will appear in Barberton Municipal Court on Friday, but remains in the Portage County Jail.
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Detectives questioned Ford Tuesday night. He was initially being held by Kent police on an unrelated obstruction of justice warrant while New Franklin police reviewed the statements he made when detectives interviewed him.
According to investigators, construction workers found the Schoberts dead in the bedroom of their Rex Lake Drive home in New Franklin Tuesday afternoon. Neighbors and friends described the couple as hard-working and loving.
"They were just very sharing people," said Denise Enright who lives next door to the Schoberts. "There was never any animosity, they would never raise their voices to their children. They were just wonderful people."
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office said the autopsy revealed the two died from blunt impacts to the head.
Police said Ford used a sledgehammer to kill the couple.
Here is a timeline of events, as recorded by the medical examiner on its investigative worksheet:
- Jeff and Margaret Schobert spent the night of April 1 at Akron Children's Hospital
with their daughter, Chelsea
- They returned to their home early in the morning on April 2
- At 6:05 a.m, a text message was sent from Margaret's cellphone RE: boyfriend
(the report doesn't give the details of the text or who it was sent to)
- At 8 a.m. construction crews arrived at the home
- At 10:20 a.m., Margaret's cellphone "pings" location in Akron around Hill Street
- At 2:15 p.m., a worker going to use the bathroom peers around the corner and discovers
the bodies in the bedroom
- At 5:09 p.m., the medical examiner arrives at the scene
- Margaret is found on her back between the bed and dresser with lacerations
on her face, right eye and forehead
- Jeff is found lying on his back in the bed with a large laceration in the center
of his forehead
- A sledgehammer is found on the bed to the right of Jeff
"It was a horrific crime," said one of the investigators during the news conference. "We don't ever know what's going on inside someone's head when something like this happens."
Jeffrey Schobert was a prominent attorney in town. Margaret was active in charities in the area.
"It's going to be really sad to not have them live their life to the fullest that they did," said Enright. "It's never going to be the same."
Chelsea Schobert was beaten and stabbed on March 23 inside an Akron home on Andrus Street, according to a police report. The girl, a senior at Archbishop Hoban High School, suffered a fractured skull and is being treated at Akron Children's Hospital.
The man arrested and charged in that incident, Jamayne Ruiz, 24, was taken into custody and remains in the Summit County Jail, detectives said.
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