14-year-old charged in New Franklin deaths of Jeff and Peg Schobert pleads not guilty

NEW FRANKLIN, Ohio - The 14-year-old charged with multiple charges, including aggravated murder, in connection with the deaths of Jeff and Peg Schobert pleaded not guilty on Monday in Summit County Juvenile Court.

It is alleged that the teen was an accomplice in the double murder.

"I can't comment on what his involvement was," said New Franklin Detective Mike Hitchings.

NewsChannel5 is not releasing the teen's name because of his age. Prosecutors want him to be tried as an adult.

Juvenile court will appoint an attorney for the teen, possibly by the end of the day.

Investigators believe 18-year-old Shawn Ford used a sledgehammer to kill the Schoberts in the bedroom of their home on Rex Lake Drive on April 2.

Akron police have also charged Ford with felonious assault for the beating of the couple's daughter,
Chelsea Schobert.

The 18-year-old Archbishop Hoban High School senior was stabbed and suffered a skull fracture during a party at home on Andrus Street on March 23. She is being treated at Akron Children's Hospital.

On Monday, police gave a possible motive for the murders. Detective Hitchings said Ford was angry because Mr. and Mrs. Schobert were trying to keep Ford away from their daughter and would not allow him to visit her in the hospital.

Ford is due in Barberton Municipal Court on Wednesday for his arraignment.

Print this article Back to Top