Lawyer: Insanity plea to come in Ohio killings

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An attorney for an 18-year-old man charged with killing a prominent Ohio attorney and his wife in their home with a sledgehammer say his client plans to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Shawn Ford Jr. of Akron appeared by video from jail Wednesday but did not speak during a hearing in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.

Ford is charged with aggravated murder in the killing of 56-year-old Jeffrey Schobert and his wife, 59-year-old Margaret, who were found dead in their home in New Franklin three weeks ago.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/15GVzyL) that Ford’s attorney, Don Hicks, says Ford was declining to enter a plea Wednesday, but that at some point, would plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Ford’s bond is $1 million.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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