AKRON, Ohio — A Summit County jury found a 27-year-old woman guilty of the murder of a 25-year-old woman in 2012.
Erica Stefanko of Rittman was found guilty of aggravated murder and murder in the killing of Ashley Biggs, according to a news release from the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.
“Today, more than eight years after she was brutally murdered, justice has come for Ashley Biggs. Thank you to the jurors who, under these unusual and extreme circumstances, thoroughly reviewed the evidence and determined Erica Stefanko was responsible for Ashley’s death,” Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said. “Thank you as well to the New Franklin Police Department who continued to investigate this crime. My office will fight for justice, no matter how long it takes.”
Investigators say that on June 20, 2012, Stefanko lured Biggs to an empty parking lot in New Franklin by ordering a pizza from her to that location, the release says.
Biggs delivered the pizza as Stefanko’s husband, Chad Cobb, waited for her. Cobb is the ex-boyfriend of Biggs. During the time of the murder, Cobb and Biggs were going through a contentious custody battle over their then 7-year-old daughter, the release says.
He tased Biggs, beat her and strangled her, the release says.
Stefanko followed Cobb as he drove Biggs’ body to an empty field in Chippewa Township in Wayne County, the release says.
Stefanko took Cobb back home where he washed off evidence of the crime, the release said.
Cobb pleaded guilty in Feb. 2013 to aggravated murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, retaliation, tampering with evidence, gross abuse of a corpse, possession of criminal tools and domestic violence, the release says.
Cobb is currently serving a life sentence and is not eligible for parole.
Stefanko is scheduled for sentencing January 11, 2021.
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