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Rittman woman found guilty of aggravated murder

Erica Stefanko was discovered responsible of two counts of particular felonies fees.

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — A Summit County jury has discovered a Rittman lady responsible in reference to a 2012 homicide.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh introduced at this time that Erica Stefanko, 37, was discovered responsible of 1 rely of aggravated homicide and one rely of homicide – each particular felonies. 

In response to official reviews, on June 20, 2012, Stefanko lured the sufferer, Ashley Biggs, 25, to the empty car parking zone of New Franklin enterprise by ordering a pizza, which Biggs delivered. Upon delivering the pizza, Chad Cobb, with whom the sufferer shared a 7-year-old daughter on the time, tased Biggs then beat and strangled her.

Stefanko, who was married to Cobb on the time, then adopted Cobb as he took the sufferer’s physique to an empty area in Chippewa Township in Wayne County after which drove Cobb house the place he washed off proof of the crime. 

On the time of the homicide, Cobb and Biggs had been going via a really contentious custody battle over their daughter.

“In the present day, greater than eight years after she was brutally murdered, justice has come for Ashley Biggs,” Prosecutor Walsh introduced. “Thanks to the jurors who, underneath these uncommon and excessive circumstances, totally reviewed the proof and decided Erica Stefanko was answerable for Ashley’s demise. Thanks as properly to the New Franklin Police Division who continued to analyze this crime. My workplace will struggle for justice, irrespective of how lengthy it takes.”

Cobb beforehand pled responsible in 2013 to quite a few 1st, 2nd, third and fifth diploma felonies, together with aggravated homicide, felonious assault and tampering with proof. He’s serving a life sentence with out eligibility for parole.

Stefanko is scheduled for listening to on January 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. with Summit County Widespread Pleas Courtroom Choose Amy Corrigall Jones.

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