A juvenile court hearing scheduled for Wednesday in the case of a 14-year-old Akron boy charged as an accomplice in the April 2 bludgeoning slayings of a prominent New Franklin couple was postponed.
Jamall Vaughn was scheduled to appear before Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio for the first in what is expected to be a series of court hearings to determine whether his case should be transferred to the adult justice system.
No proceedings were held in open court, however, and the judge said afterward that Vaughn’s new hearing date was set for 3 p.m. May 31.
Teodosio said the postponement was necessary because authorities were continuing to compile evidence to turn over to Vaughn’s court-appointed attorney, Adam VanHo.
In other developments, a court official said Teodosio has issued a gag order to all parties. It prohibits attorneys, family members and court officials from commenting on any details about the teen’s case outside court.
A gag order was issued previously in Summit County Common Pleas Court in connection with the pending capital murder trial of 18-year-old Shawn Eric Ford Jr., who was indicted as the principal offender in the New Franklin slayings.
Police arrested Ford on aggravated murder charges early last month, three days after the bodies of Jeffrey Schobert, 56, and his wife, Margaret “Peg” Schobert, 59, were found inside the master bedroom of their Rex Lake Drive home at Portage Lakes.
Jeff Schobert was a prominent area attorney and Peg Schobert was well known as a volunteer with Summit County charitable groups.
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