Court hears case of inmate who killed girlfriend's parents
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has set oral arguments in the case of a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend’s parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after stabbing their daughter.
Shawn Ford Jr. was convicted by a Summit County jury in 2015 of aggravated murder and other charges in the slayings of Margaret and Jeffrey Schobert two years earlier.
That same jury recommended the 24-year-old Ford receive the death penalty for killing Margaret Schobert, and the judge agreed.
Death penalty cases in Ohio are automatically appealed to the state Supreme Court, which has set arguments for Jan. 8.
Defense attorneys unsuccessfully argued that Ford’s low IQ should have prevented the judge from sentencing their client to death.