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Competency hearing set in Akron sledgehammer deaths

12:42 PM, Oct 17, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON --  A judge has scheduled a competency hearing for a 19-year-old man charged in the bludgeoning deaths of a northeast Ohio couple.

Shawn Ford Jr. has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the April slayings of Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert in their home in New Franklin, near Akron.

Authorities say they were beaten with a sledgehammer.

The Akron Beacon Journal  reports two psychological evaluations determined Ford is competent to stand trial, but his attorney declined to immediately accept the accuracy and authenticity of those reviews.

The Summit County judge handling the case says he doesn't have concerns about Ford's competency but has scheduled a hearing Oct. 28 to hear psychologists' testimony on the issue.

A 14-year-old boy also is charged as a juvenile in the slayings.

The Associated Press

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