AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ruled that a 19-year-old man is competent to stand trial in the bludgeoning deaths of a northeastern Ohio couple.
The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1cg0OWj ) reports that the ruling by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker came Monday after the judge briefly reviewed two psychological evaluations of the defendant, Shawn Eric Ford Jr.
The two psychologists testified that they found Ford competent and capable of assisting in his own defense.
Ford 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.
A 14-year-old boy also is charged as a juvenile in the slayings.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 26.
Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com