The 18-year-old daughter of a slain New Franklin couple has been indicted on felony charges of drug trafficking and possessing cocaine, court records show.
Chelsea Lynn Schobert, who was arrested Feb. 4 by Summit County sheriff’s deputies, is free on bond awaiting her next court appearance, March 11 before Common Pleas Judge Christine Croce.
A grand jury returned a three-count indictment this week against Schobert and a co-defendant, Chauncy Lee Williams, 32, who has a felony record dating back to 2000.
Schobert and Williams were charged with one count each of trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine. Court records show that each count involved an amount of the drug exceeding 27 grams.
Sheriff’s Inspector Bill Holland said a gram of the drug, if sold on the street, would be worth between $100 to $125 — or $2,700 to $3,375 for the amount identified in the indictment.
Both charges are first-degree felonies carrying potential penalties of three to 11 years in prison under state sentencing laws.
Schobert’s former boyfriend, Shawn Eric Ford Jr., 19, of Akron, is in the county jail awaiting trial on aggravated murder charges in the beating deaths of Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert last April.
Ford could face the death penalty if he is convicted of the murders.
Authorities have said they suspect the Schoberts had tried to prevent Ford from visiting their daughter while she was hospitalized with a concussion after allegedly being attacked by Ford only days before the slayings.
In the incident last month, sheriff’s deputies said Schobert was seen fleeing her Coventry Township apartment with an unidentified man, later determined to be Williams, after neighbors reported hearing gunshots.
A search of the Redcrest Lane apartment uncovered crack cocaine and a 9 mm handgun, authorities said.
Schobert was arrested when she returned to her apartment the following day.
According to details of the arrest, sheriff’s investigators determined that a bullet coming from her apartment entered and exited a neighbor’s dwelling.
Evidence compiled by the Summit County Crime Scene Unit also showed that two shots were fired from Schobert’s apartment. One was from a 9 mm pistol, the other from a 7.62-caliber assault rifle, sheriff’s officials said.
Shobert was not indicted on any weapons-related charges, but Williams was charged with one count of having a weapon under previous felony disability.
Summit County court records show Williams had felony convictions for domestic violence and criminal damaging in 2006, burglary and cocaine possession in 2004 and trafficking in cocaine in 2000.
His attorney, John Greven, said it would be inappropriate to comment at this early stage of the investigation.
Schobert’s attorney, Noah Munyer, said she pleaded not guilty at her arraignment.
“It’s a sad situation. She’s been through a lot,” Munyer said.
The charges against both defendants are very serious, he said, “but as the events come to light as the case gets further along, I expect the evidence to bear out a lesser role as to her involvement. I think she’s been indicted by proximity, not by action,” Munyer said.
He declined to comment on the possibility of any relationship between Schobert and Williams, but did say the apartment was in her name and that Williams did not live there.
Schobert was released from jail Feb. 13, sheriff’s officials said, after posting 10 percent of a $50,000 bond.
Williams is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.
Ed Meyer can be reached at 330-996-3784 or at email@example.com.