Erica Stefanko

Erica Stefanko was arrested for the June 2012 slaying of Ashley Biggs, the ex-girlfriend of Cobb, Stefanko's husband at the time. Stefanko was accused of making a bogus pizza delivery call that lured Biggs to the New Franklin business where she was killed. Biggs had been shocked with a stun gun, beaten and strangled with a zip tie. Police said Cobb had ambushed Biggs, striking her in the head before strangling her with a 4-foot-long plastic zip tie. He placed Biggs' body inside her car and drove to Chippewa Township, where he abandoned the vehicle. Stefanko was charged with aggravated murder and several other offenses. Cobb, Stefanko's now-ex-husband, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and several other crimes in the death of Biggs. Biggs, 25, was the mother of his then-6-year-old daughter and the two were in a custody dispute. Cobb was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2013. He originally faced the death penalty. Stefanko, now 41, was convicted of aggravated murder and murder in November 2020 in a highly publicized trial in Summit County Common Pleas Court that occurred when few trials were proceeding because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was sentenced to life in prison with possible parole after 30 years. Her conviction was overturned in July 2022 when an appellate court ruled that Chad Cobb should not have been permitted to testify via video from prison because of pandemic health concerns. Stefanko will be retried only on the charges she was convicted of - aggravated murder and murder.