Shawn Eric Ford Jr., an 18-year-old Akron man, was charged Thursday in the murders of New Franklin couple Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert.
Police have charged an 18-year-old Akron man with the bludgeoning deaths of Jeffrey and Margaret “Peg” Schobert, a New Franklin couple whose bodies were discovered in the bedroom of their Rex Lake Drive home Tuesday.
Shawn Eric Ford, Jr. is facing two counts each of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary and one count of grand theft in connection with the murders. He was already in the Portage County Jail on an unrelated charge of obstructing justice.
The charges against Ford were announced by New Franklin police Thursday afternoon at a joint news conference with Akron police.
Ford was the boyfriend of the slain couple’s youngest daughter, Chelsea Schobert, 18, a senior at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, according to police.
Ford, who police believe stole the Schoberts’ car along with money from the family’s home, was not a student at the school.
BLUDGEONED TO DEATH
According to information released Thursday morning by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office, Jeffrey Schobert, 56, and Margaret Schobert, 59, were killed with a large sledgehammer that was left on the bed next to Jeffrey Schobert’s body.
During Thursday’s news conference at New Franklin City Hall, Det. Michael Hitchings said that police recovered “physical evidence in different locations” that they believe connects Ford to the crimes.
Hitchings said he has spoken with Ford, but would not say if Ford admitted involvement in the murders. Additionally, Hitchings would not confirm whether Ford was the only suspect in the case, saying only that the investigation is ongoing.
“There are a lot of questions that you may have and there are a lot of particulars that we can’t reveal at this time,” Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards said. “That’s all part of the investigation.”
According to police, the bodies of Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert were discovered around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday by construction workers who were remodeling the couple’s home. Hitchings did not know how long the couple had been dead when their bodies were found.
In what may be an unrelated incident, Chelsea Schobert had been violently attacked March 23 at a home on Andrus Street in Akron. According to police, she was stabbed multiple times and suffered a skull fracture. She was hospitalized as a result of the injuries, and was not at home when her parents were killed.
In the days following Chelsea Schobert’s assault, police arrested Akron resident Jamayne Ruiz, 24, of 1817 Gaylord Dr. and charged him with the crime. He remained jailed Thursday, held in lieu of a $250,000 bond.
On Wednesday, Archbishop Hoban held a vigil to honor Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert and show support for their daughters, Hoban alumna Jessica Schobert and Chelsea Schobert.
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Friends and students were invited to attend the vigil that was followed by a Mass.
Media was asked not to attend either event.
The New Franklin and Akron police departments have been collaborating with the Portage County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation in the murder investigation.