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Judge rules Ford competent for trial

10/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker ruled Oct. 28 that Shawn Eric Ford Jr. is competent to stand trial in the deaths of a New Franklin couple in April.

Shown above are defense attorneys Jonathan Sinn (left) and Don Hicks with Ford as he appeared before the judge.

Prosecutors have said Ford, of East South Street, is responsible for the deaths of Jeffrey Schobert, 56, and his wife, Margaret Schobert, 59. Ford was arrested April 4, two days after the couple were found dead in the master bedroom of their home on Rex Lake Drive.

Attorney Jeffrey Schobert worked for Hanna Campbell & Powell LLP in Fairlawn, leading the firm’s health care trial group, according to the firm’s website. He also had been a mock trial coach for students at Archbishhop Hoban High School, according to Hoban officials.

Those testifying at the hearing included private forensic psychologist Robert Byrnes, Ph.D., shown at right top.

At right bottom, Summit County prosecuting attorney Brian LoPrinzi speaks during the hearing.

Below, Ford is taken back to the Summit County Jail.

There was no comment on the hearing’s outcome from the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, as officials said there is a gag order on the case.

For more information on the case, see “Suspects arrested in deaths of Fairlawn attorney, his wife” in the April 11, 2013, edition or visit the archives at www.akron.com.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Lew Stamp

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