The killer who shot Randy Scheffield in his Ohio home in 2011 eluded authorities for years. Eventually, his wife Doretta Scheffield was convicted of the murder in 2015. If you want to know more about the case, then we have all the info for you right here in this Doretta Scheffield wiki.
Who Is Doretta Scheffield?
Doretta Scheffield is a 67-year-old woman who hails from Cleveland, Ohio and lived in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. She was born on January 3, 1951.
|About Doretta Scheffield|
|Birth||January 3, 1951|
|Children||Elizabeth Rowles, David Rowles, Beth Ann Rowles-Major|
|Alumni||Collinwood High School|
|Charges||Murder, Aggravated Murder and Tampering with the Evidence|
|Sentence||27 years, 6 months|
Doretta graduated in 1969 from Collinwood High School and used to work as a club manager at American Slovenian Club.
She also used to work as a bookkeeper at the landscaping firm that her husband Randy Scheffield started before they got married. Doretta’s son from a previous marriage, David “Tig” Rowles, 34, used to work for the same company.
Doretta had taken over the bookkeeping duties from Randy’s mother and started diverting money to David and her daughter, Elizabeth Rowles.
During the trial, prosecutors introduced testimony from an Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation investigator who stated that Doretta had also used a company account to fraudulently direct benefits to Elizabeth.
In 2013, both Doretta and Elizabeth were convicted of workers’ compensation fraud, according to Geauga County Court of Common Pleas records.
Doretta has a third child, Beth Ann Rowles-Major, and she is a grandmother of six.
Randy, 53, was originally from Chagrin Falls, Ohio and he attended Chagrin Falls High School and later went to the University of Akron.
Randy was the owner of Scheffield Lawns, Inc., a Newbury Township landscaping business. Randy was the son of Eugene and Rebecca Scheffield.
The Murder of Randy Scheffield
Female felons are rare, and the female murderers are even rarer. The unusual circumstances of this case caught the eye of TV producers, who chose to cover the murder of Randy Scheffield on season 24, episode nine of Snapped. This true-crime show on the Oxygen network features high-profile cases of women who commit or attempt to commit murder.
On December 27, 2011, Doretta Scheffield shot Randy in the back of the head. David called 911, claiming his stepfather had had a heart attack. The authorities found Randy unconscious in his bedroom.
Doretta told police that she had seen Randy alive in the morning, but she found him in bed when she came back home around 4:00 p.m. She claimed that she was out most of the day running errands.
She saw Randy in the bed and thought he was simply taking a nap, she said. She claimed she left the home again and when she returned around 9:45 p.m. to make dinner, she saw him still in bed, unresponsive and bleeding from the ear.
Doctors found out that Randy didn’t die due to heart attack. Instead, he had been shot with a .22-caliber pistol. His death was declared a homicide.
Detectives in Ohio suspected all along that Doretta was responsible for the murder. But at that time, they didn’t have enough evidence to prove it.
However, by March 2015, they had collected enough evidence to arrest and charge Doretta, her son David, and his girlfriend Gina Battaglia, 33.
Authorities claim that the motive for Randy’s murder was money. Doretta wanted to take over Randy’s landscaping business.
The murder weapon was never found.
The Trial of Doretta Scheffield
Doretta Scheffield was put on trial for aggravated murder, murder, and tampering with evidence in 2015 in Geauga County.
Both sides agreed that Randy and Doretta had breakfast together in their house on the morning of December 27. They ate between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. Randy had gone to the Middlefield’s McDonald’s to get breakfast for them.
The fact that Doretta was out from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. was also agreed upon.
However, prosecutors introduced evidence from a forensics pathologist and deputy medical examiner working at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office that Randy passed away around 8:30 a.m. and no later than 9:30 a.m.
The defense brought in its own expert, who testified Randy’s death was around 2:00 p.m. The prosecution’s expert refuted this.
What Is the Fate of Doretta Scheffield?
A jury found Doretta Scheffiield guilty of all three charges against her in September 2015.
In November 2015, Geauga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Fuhry sentenced her to 25 years to life for the murder and an additional 30 months for tampering with evidence. She was credited with 224 days already served.
Doretta will be eligible for parole in 2042 when she is 91 years old.
During the sentencing, Fuhry said, “The jury was unanimous in its decision and the court…without reservation accepts it. Obviously, given the stance of the defendant that there’s no guilt acknowledged in this case, there’s no showing of remorse, so the court recognizes that there’s no remorse shown when it comes to sentencing.”
The judge further added that there was no evidence whatsoever that Randy ever hit Doretta during the 20-plus years of their relationship.
Regarding the .22-caliber pistol she used to shoot Randy, Fuhry said, “Disposing of it was not disposing of some trivial or incidental evidence of the crime, it was the main piece of evidence, the disposal of which, the tampering with which, created immeasurable burdens upon law enforcement.”
At the time of her sentencing, Doretta’s lawyer said that she is innocent and that her heart goes out to Randy’s family. However, Geauga County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Driscoll said that Doretta didn’t reach out to Randy’s family after he was murdered.
Doretta was sent to the Dayton Correctional Institution on December 10, 2015.
The Fate of Doretta Scheffield’s Son and His Girlfriend
Doretta’s son David and his girlfriend Gina Battaglia were also charged over their alleged roles in Randy’s murder.
The charges, including conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, were dismissed against David.
Battaglia pleaded guilty in 2016 to tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice.
Battaglia was sentenced to two years in prison and sent to the Ohio Reformatory for Women in March 2016.
However, she was released early on April 13, 2017. Battaglia has a special-needs son, Devon, and after her release she said that she used her time in prison to become a better mother and a better person.
Randy’s Family Is Heartbroken
Randy’s sister Melody Scheffield said during her sister-in-law’s sentencing: “Doretta, prison is going to be the first step in the eternal punishment that you will receive for murdering my brother, Randy Scheffield.”
At the time, Melody spoke on behalf of her family and reminded her sister-in-law that Randy had given Doretta shelter when she was homeless with two small kids and an expecting teenager.
Randy’s family wasn’t happy when Battaglia was released from prison early. In fact, Melody mentioned that Battaglia has a history of drug abuse and that she was “high, drunk, and gleeful” at Randy’s funeral.