Man charged with killing New Franklin couple while awaiting sentencing for armed robbery

AKRON, Ohio - The man accused in the brutal murder of a New Franklin couple was set to be sentenced for armed robbery later this month.

Workers at Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert's Rex Lake house discovered the bodies Tuesday afternoon. Police said Shawn Ford Jr., who was dating the Schoberts' daughter, used a sledgehammer to kill the couple.

Ford, 18 was being held at the Portage County Jail on an unrelated warrant for obstructing justice when he was charged with two counts of aggravated murder for the New Franklin homicides.

While the beating deaths were under investigation, court documents filed on Wednesday said Ford would be remanded to the Summit County Jail. Summit County Judge Thomas Teodosia wrote that Ford should not be released because of emergency overcrowding.

On Dec. 17, Ford robbed Nick's Barbershop on East South Street in Akron at gunpoint, according to the police report. The victim said Ford pulled out a handgun and took $75. No one was injured in the incident.

Ford pleaded guilty to robbery in a Summit County courtroom on March 19 and was released on bond, court documents said. Judge Teodosia scheduled his sentencing for April 15 at 1 p.m. Ford faces a maximum of eight years in prison and a mandatory three years of community control for that crime.

Ford is also named as a witness to the attack on 18-year-old Chelsea Schobert. The police report said the teen girl suffered stab wounds and skull fractures during the March 23 assault on Andrus Street in Akron.

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