Prosecutors want to try 14-year-old as an adult in slaying of couple

Couple bludgeoned with sledgehammer.
MCT Regional News
Apr 8, 2013

Prosecutors are seeking to try a 14-year-old boy as an adult in the slaying of a New Franklin couple.

The motion was announced during an arraignment hearing Monday morning in Summit County Juvenile Court.

The decision will come following future hearings before Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio. It is ultimately the judge’s discretion on whether the teen’s case should be transferred to adult common pleas court.

Jamal Vaughn of Akron pleaded not true, the juvenile equivalent of not guilty, to two counts of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.

The Beacon Journal is naming the suspect due to the severity of the crimes he is accused of committing.

Vaughn remains in juvenile court custody. An attorney is expected to be appointed to him later Monday.

He is accused as an accomplice in the deaths of Jeffrey and Margaret “Peg” Schobert, whose bodies were found inside their Rex Lake Drive home Tuesday morning. Police say the couple was bludgeoned with a sledgehammer.

Shawn Eric Ford Jr., 18, the boyfriend of the slain couple’s daughter, was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.

Prosecutors are expected to pursue the death penalty against Ford when the case is presented to a grand jury later this month.

New Franklin police Chief Dan Davidson said last week that Ford “is cooperating” with investigators.

Ford also has been charged with the March 23 stabbing of his girlfriend, 18-year-old Chelsea Schobert. She is recovering from her injuries.

Police believe the Schoberts were unhappy with Ford’s relationship with their daughter and blocked his efforts to visit her at the hospital.

Ford was awaiting sentencing on a robbery charge at the time of the slayings.

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By Phil Trexler - Akron Beacon Journal (MCT)

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