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She brought a woman to death with a fake domino delivery
Ashley Biggs was working as a delivery driver at Domino when she stopped by an Ohio business one summer evening in 2012. An Army vet and mother of a young daughter, Biggs had no idea what the closure of this business. Or that the appellant who ordered the large half mushroom half pepperoni pie used a pseudonym. The midnight delivery was just a trick to lure Biggs, 25, to his death. At the time, Biggs was in the middle of a heated custody battle with Chad Cobb, her ex-boyfriend and the father of her 7-year-old. When Biggs arrived, Cobb was waiting in the parking lot with a Taser and a 4ft zip tie, which he used to strangle him. Cobb threw Biggs’ body in the trunk of his car and abandoned the vehicle in a cornfield in Wayne County. near his parents’ house. The 30-year-old father – who had a history of domestic violence charges linked to Biggs, court records show – pleaded guilty to his kidnapping and murder in 2013 to avoid the death penalty. changed their story about a sex crime It wasn’t until November 2019 that the New Franklin cops announced that Cobb had an accomplice in the sickening crime: his ex-wife, Erica Stefanko, who went through Erica Lyon before divorcing Cobb and marrying one of her childhood friends. Michael Hitchings watched Stefanko. His break up from the case came with a secretly taped call between Stefanko and Cobb’s mother, Cindee, who testified that Stefanko admitted to ordering the pizza and trying to cover up the murder. “Every time I hear a siren, I think, ‘They’ you’re coming for me,” Stefanko told Cobb, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. “I played my part. I did exactly what I did. he told me to do, “said Stefanko, who admitted that the murder was aimed at preventing Biggs from obtaining custody of Cobb’s daughter. At one point in the recording, Stefanko claimed that Cobb had him said he wanted to save Biggs’ skull “like a trophy.” Prosecutors said Stefanko was with Cobb when she ordered pizza and then left him in the parking lot to perform the evil act alone . She then followed Cobb to the cornfield and drove him home after abandoning Biggs’ car. Stefanko was convicted of aggravated murder on Wednesday for his role in the murder plot. A jury has deliberated for more than 14 hours over a three-day period in the Summit County trial which aired on Court TV, reported the e Beacon Journal. The 37-year-old mother ultimately chose not to testify in her own murder trial. Right before the verdict, the killer mother-in-law looked at the defense table, her face partially covered by a mask from COVID-19. She leaned back and blinked, apparently in disbelief, when the judge announced she was guilty of aggravated murder. Stefanko has been found not guilty of other offenses including kidnapping and robbery, and when sentenced in January Stefanko risks his life behind bars. arguments, adding that Stefanko placed the delivery order, waited in the cornfield while Cobb threw Biggs’ body away, walked Cobb home so he could spill the blood on his body, and returned at the scene of the crime to help him try to clean up the evidence. “All because of a custody battle – retaliation – all because of dislike of Ashley Biggs and her getting custody of GC,” Easter said, referring to the girl. Stefanko’s attorney, Kerry O’Brien, said Cobb now denies the murder. Biggs despite his guilty plea; he claims he only wanted to help convict Stefanko in exchange for a chance to get out of prison earlier. He said Cobb had another reason to testify against Stefanko: she divorced after the murder and married her best friend, who helps raise her children. “Here is a person who admitted his guilt. Admitted to beating, admitted to strangling Ashley Biggs… and yet now he’s trying to get out of it. What is the credibility of this kind of person? O’Brien said during the summons. O’Brien also targeted Cindee Cobb, who admitted she hoped her son would one day be released. Cindee used a digital recorder to record a long conversation with Stefanko in March 2014, but didn’t turn it over to the police until 2018. “If it had all been said exactly as it happened, we would both be in jail right now. It’s totally the truth, “Stefanko said during the three-hour conversation, parts of which were played in court.” The conversation is being recorded probably because Chad Cobb told him to do it, “O ‘said. Brien about Stefanko’s secret recording by Cindee. “He wanted to get out of prison. The call did not work. Okay, that was plan A. Let’s go with plan B. Let’s see if my mom can make her make some sort of statement on a recording. “” Chad Cobb is not only the real culprit, which the state agrees with me, but I would also say that Chad Cobb put together a plot not only to sink her. [Stefanko] but his real reason here is … it’s very simple: it’s revenge, ”O’Brien concluded. LoPrinzi, in a rebuttal, said: “Everyone has a motive, including the accused. “Please don’t let sympathy get involved, don’t worry about Ms. Stefanko,” LoPrinzi told jurors. “I know there are children involved. GC has lost her mom and dad and she’s here to testify against someone she called mom. The children will survive. Don’t worry about Erica [Stefanko’s] feelings. Just like, as she said, she didn’t feel bad about Ashley, not even the times she went through before the end of her life. “When you listen to his words, believe them.” Cobb refused to cooperate with the police against Stefanko until 2017, when he claimed he was upset that he could not see his children and wrote Hitchings a letter saying he would finally involve his ex-wife. “Did it appear that Chad was perhaps seeking revenge?” O’Brien asked Hitchings. “For me, he was trying to make the whole story, I guess, about what happened that night,” Hitchings replied. Biggs’ daughter, now 15, and Cobb testified against Stefanko. The girl said she didn’t. remember Biggs, who returned to her life in 2011 after being raised primarily by Cobb. But the girl said she remembered Stefanko, who she described as being mentally and physically abusive. “She told me that if I told my dad what she was doing to me, she would do worse,” the girl said. “I remember her holding me down and hitting me, then she too before she made me eat dog feces,” the girl said. When the prosecution asked why, the girl replied, “Because she was jealous of my relationship with my father.” The girl said she still loved her father and wanted to see him out of jail America’s ‘prettiest little town’ is murder, United States According to the Beacon Journal, the teenager said she was in the backseat of a car in “pitch black”. Where she heard Stefanko, sitting in the passenger seat, order a pizza under another name. She said she slept in the car and woke up the next morning at her great-grandparents’ house. Cobb testified via video from the prison. On the night of the murder, he was “walking in circles” near a tree, dressed in camouflage and waiting for Biggs after Stefanko called for a pizza. When Assistant District Attorney Brian LoPrinzi asked, “Is it fair to say Ashley didn’t leave the parking lot alive that night?” Cobb replied, “Yes, sir, that is correct.” He said he met Biggs on an ice rink around 2003, after returning from the military, where he only stayed six months after high school. “It’s a complicated answer, I guess, but it just wasn’t for me,” Cobb said, when asked why he left. He then ran a cable installation company. He said he and Biggs started out as friends and their romantic relationship grew over time. Biggs joined the military and began pursuing other relationships, he said. “She just wasn’t there,” Cobb told the court. “I’m not saying that to be harsh.” He said he met Stefanko in December 2006 via MySpace and that she moved in with him soon after. Within a few years, they started a family of their own. Meanwhile, Biggs was in a three-year relationship with 30-year-old Brittany Dunson, who testified that Biggs said Cobb was abusive and controlling. Dunson said Biggs was granted temporary custody of his daughter in 2011 after receiving letters from the County Children’s Services Board, which initiated inquiries into the girl’s welfare. (Cobb and her family resumed visits with the daughter months later.) Dunson said Cobb’s mother and grandmother visited Dunson’s mother when the couple and the daughter showed up for a visit. . “We just tried to get in. I just remember her grandmother trying to tell Ashley that [the daughter] I didn’t know who she was and Ashley shouldn’t have done that, ”Dunson said. Biggs has since been embroiled in a legal battle with Cobb. Police showed up at the couple’s home for social checks on several occasions following Cobb’s complaints, but found no negligence, Dunson said. Cobb said he pleaded guilty in 2013 because ‘a judge had warned him that his children would be adopted into the foster care system. . He implicated Stefanko after she began to deny him visits with her children while incarcerated.The killer father and Stefanko had two children together, while Cobb and Biggs had a daughter and Stefano had another child of a previous relationship. According to Court TV, the four children, aged 2.5 months to 6, were in the car as Stefanko drove to the scene of the murder and to the cornfield. After the verdict, Biggs’ friends and family rejoiced. I got it. They got it, ”Biggs’ mother wrote on Facebook. “FINALLY JUSTICE.” For more, check out The Daily Beast. Get our best items delivered to your inbox every day. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.