Randy Scheffield was gunned down in his Ohio home in 2011. Tonight, on Investigation Discovery’s The Perfect Murder, his case will be examined. Randy Scheffield’s murder was unsolved for four years until his wife, Doretta Scheffield, his stepson, David ‘Tig’ Rowles, and his stepson’s girlfriend, Gina Battaglia, were arrested, according to the Geauga County Maple Leaf. Gina Battaglia was sentenced to two years in prison for her part in the crime. She has since been released. Doretta Scheffield was sentenced to 25 to life in prison. Charges against Doretta Scheffield’s son, David ‘Tig’ Rowles, were dropped.
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When a local landscaper and businessman is found unconscious in his bed, police officers are told the man had a heart attack. It doesn’t take long for medics to discover the victim was shot in the back of the head. Now, police need to figure out whodunit.
Randy Scheffield, Doretta Scheffield Case File
Police discovered the body of Randy Scheffield in his bedroom. The fifty-three-year old man was not conscious when he was discovered in bed. Investigators were called out to the scene by Randy Scheffield’s stepson, David ‘Tig’ Rowles, 34, and his mother Doretta Scheffield, 63.
Doretta Scheffield told law enforcement detectives she saw her husband, Randy, alive early that morning but found him still in bed when she returned home to make dinner.
Doctors discovered that Randy Scheffield had not passed away due to a heart attack. He had been shot, and his death was ruled a homicide.
Randy Scheffield's wife Doretta Scheffield just indicted in connection 2 his 2011 murder in Newbury Township, Ohio. pic.twitter.com/9BveN0CntE
— Scott Taylor ABC 7 (@ScottTaylorTV) March 27, 2015
Ohio detectives knew all along that Doretta Scheffield was involved. However, proving it was hard. After four years, they gathered enough clues and evidence to make the arrests.
According to The Perfect Murder TV episode, Gina Battaglia, 31, was the daughter of a former police chief. Everyone was shocked to know that she was involved. According to her attorneys, she had no part in the actual murder, and she didn’t conspire. Gina Battaglia pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice, the Geauga County Maple Leaf reported.
Police believe the motive to get rid of Randy Scheffield was Doretta Scheffield’s idea. They think she did it for money and to take over Randy’s landscaping business.
Take a look at Doretta Scheffield’s old Facebook page.
On The Perfect Murder tonight, ID viewers will see how the case happened from beginning to end. It airs at 9 p.m. on Investigation Discovery every Wednesday.
[Main Image by Ohio Dept. of Corrections]