COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – 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.