Shawn Ford Teen Killer Sledgehammer Murders

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Shawn Ford was eighteen years old when he murdered his girlfriend’s parents with a sledgehammer in Ohio. According to court documents Shawn Ford had stabbed his girlfriend ten days prior to the brutal murders and were upset with the parents for not allowing him to visit her in the hospital. Shawn Ford would go to the Ohio home with his fourteen year old cousin Jamal Vaughn and the two would break into the home. Shawn Ford would attack the victims with a sledgehammer causing their death. Jamal Vaughn would later be sentenced to twenty five years to life. Shawn Ford would be sentenced to death. Later on the teen killer death sentence would be questioned due to his low IQ and he is currently going through a resentencing process

Shawn Ford 2021 Information

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Number A671786

DOB 09/30/1994

Gender Male

Race Black Admission Date07/02/2015

Institution Chillicothe Correctional Institution


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A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend’s parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after stabbing their daughter was sentenced Monday to death.

Shawn Ford Jr., 20, was convicted in October by a jury in Summit County Common Pleas Court of aggravated murder and other charges in the April 2013 slayings of Margaret and Jeffrey Schobert. That same jury recommended that he receive the death penalty for killing Margaret Schobert, and the judge agreed.

Ford, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, his wrists bound with handcuffs, said before sentencing that he’d been “selfish” and “stupid.”

“I want to say sorry to the whole Schobert family, sorry to my family, sorry to everybody I let down,” he said.

Defense attorneys unsuccessfully argued that Ford’s low IQ prevented Judge Tom Parker from sentencing their client to death.

Authorities said Jeffrey Schobert, a prominent attorney, was killed inside the couple’s home in the Akron suburb of New Franklin. Ford and an accomplice who was 14 at the time sent text messages to Margaret Schobert to lure her home from a hospital where she’d been spending the night with her daughter.

Prosecutors said Ford was angry with the Schoberts because they wouldn’t let him visit their daughter, Chelsea, at the hospital. Ford was accused of stabbing and critically injuring Chelsea Schobert 10 days earlier for refusing him sex at a party.

Chelsea Schobert, 20, testified at Ford’s trial that after her life spiraled out of control after her parents’ death. She said she used inheritance money to buy cocaine to sell with her new boyfriend. She was caught, convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced in June 2014 to 30 months in prison. She was granted an early release in May.

Ford’s accomplice, Jamall Vaughn, who is now 16, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and aggravated robbery charges in February. He is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday.

Death penalty cases in Ohio are automatically appealed to the state Supreme Court.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has heard 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.

The high court heard arguments Tuesday.

Defense attorneys argue that Ford’s low IQ should have prevented the judge from sentencing their client to death. Prosecutors said the judge heeded the advice of multiple experts that Ford did not prove he was mentally disabled.

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  1. Shawn Ford 2020 Update

    Shawn Ford is currently incarcerated at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution in Ohio

  2. Shawn Ford Release Date

    Shawn Ford is currently on death row in Ohio. If his sentence is overturned he will be re sentenced to life in prison without parole

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    • Eric
    • May 24, 2020

    Intellectually disabled? Too much so to be executed? Nahh! He spoke pretty well in court proceedings. His ex-girlfriend’s parents though enough of him to pay for him getting a job and schooling. He may be dumb, but he ain’t retarded or psychotic. He was able to plan the murder of two people and conspire with his cousin in preparation. Why he hated the two white parents of the girl he tried to slice-n-dice only he knows.

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