The pre-trial proceedings for the two suspects in the murder of New Franklin resident Jim and Margaret "Peg" Schobert continued this week. Shawn Ford appeared before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker on Tuesday, while a court appearance for Jamall Vaughn was postponed.
The pre-trial proceedings for the two suspects in the murder of New Franklin resident Jim and Margaret "Peg" Schobert continued this week.
Shawn Eric Ford Jr., 18, of Akron, appeared before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker on Tuesday with his attorneys, Jonathan Sinn and Donald Hicks.
Ford, wearing the same green-striped prison uniform he appeared in for his video arraignment in Barberton Municipal Court last month, did not enter a plea as his attorneys informed Parker that they must determine whether a mental competency evaluation is needed for their client before entering a plea to the charges against him, which include two counts each of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and one count of grand theft.
Ford's attire signified his presence as an inmate in the Summit County jail's mental health unit. Parker also issued a gag order on all parties involved in the case last month, preventing them from speaking publicly about the case.
Ford's alleged accomplice, 14-year-old Akron resident Jamall Vaughn, was scheduled to appear in Summit County Juvenile Court before Judge Linda Teodosio, but the appearance was pushed back to May 31 at 3 p.m. as the discovery process in the case continues, according to court spokesman Don Ursetti.
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