GEAUGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - After years of investigating, detectives announced three arrests in the unsolved murder of Randy Scheffield.
made the announcement at a news conference Friday afternoon. Police say wife Doretta Scheffield, 63, of Fairport Harbor, stepson David Rowles, 34, and Gina Battaglia, 31, both of Newbury Township, are considered co-conspirators in Scheffield's murder.
Police responded to Scheffield's home on Dec. 27, 2011. Doretta, stated he had suffered a heart attack. Deputies at that time were told that Randy was last seen alive at his residence that morning by Doretta. Doretta stated that Randy was watching television. She further stated that at approximately 9:45 p.m. she went back in the residence to make dinner and found Randy still in bed, unresponsive, bleeding from the ear.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital, but X-rays revealed he had been shot in the back of his head.
"The hospital examination revealed a small caliber gunshot wound in the back of Randy Scheffield's head," said Sheriff Dan McLelland.
Friends of Randy Scheffield believe he was murdered to gain control of money he made from his landscaping business. All this time later, they are still stunned he's gone.
"He was just the last guy you would have expected to get murdered, of all the people I know, by far. He was just a good guy. He didn't have an enemy," said Jim Brett.
But Scheffield did have enemies, and according to prosecutors, they lived in his home. They may soon pay an overdue price for their alleged greed.
"All three defendants were involved in the planning, carrying out, and cover up of Randy Scheffield's murder. There is a financial motive in the case," said Geauga County prosecutor Jim Flaiz.
Numerous interviews, search warrants and other activities were performed over the course of three years. Scheffield, Rowles and Battaglia were arrested Thursday without incident and are being held at the Geauga County Safety Center.
The trio was officially charged and arraigned Friday, where they pleaded not guilty. Scheffield and Rowles were each given $250,000 bonds. Battaglia was given a $100,000 bond because she cares for her disabled son. She is also required to live with her father, Sonny Battaglia, the former police chief of Newbury.