An Ohio woman was arrested and charged this week in connection to the 2012 murder of an Army veteran and pizza delivery driver, making her the second person arrested for the killing.
Erica Stefanko, a 36-year-old Rittman resident, was arrested on Monday, November 11 for her alleged involvement in the killing of Ashley Biggs seven years ago, according to News 5 Cleveland, an ABC affiliate.
She has since been indicted on a dozen charges, some of which are aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, gross abuse of a corpse, felonious assault, retaliation, tampering with evidence, grand theft of a motor vehicle, and possession of criminal tools, the outlet reports.
Biggs, who was 25 years old and working at Domino’s Pizza at the time, vanished after responding to a pizza delivery order from an unnamed woman who instructed the restaurant to deliver the food to a business that was currently closed, according to a WKYC report.
Biggs’ body was recovered from her car in a cornfield on June 21, 2012, and Chad Cobb, Biggs’ former boyfriend and the father of her 6-year-old daughter, was arrested the same day, according to the outlet.
Cobb, who was embroiled in a heated custody battle with his ex at the time of her death, is alleged to have strangled his former partner with a four-foot-long zip tie, killing her, before putting her body in the trunk of her car and ditching the vehicle in the Chippewa Township field where the Army veteran was eventually found, according to News 5 Cleveland.
A judge sentenced Cobb to life in prison in 2013.
Stefanko, who was was called Erica Lyon back in 2012, was married to Cobb when he murdered the mother of his child, and police now believe she was the one who placed the pizza order, News 5 Cleveland reports.
Stefanko was taken into custody at around 8 a.m. on Monday, with New Franklin police and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force confirming to WOIO that they waited until the suspect’s four children had gone to school before pulling her over in her car and arresting her.
New Franklin police detective Michael Hitchings did not offer specifics on Stefanko’s connection to the crime, but did tell The Alliance Review, “Our belief is that she was involved in that way as well as some other ways.”
He added that authorities began looking into the case again after “things came to light” within the last year, according to the outlet.
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