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Randy Scheffield’s death that rocked small town for years featured on The Perfect Murder

Doretta Scheffield in court sobbing
Doretta Scheffield in court as she is found guilty of murdering husband Randy Scheffield

This week The Perfect Murder examines the case of Randy Scheffield, who was shot in his bed.

December 2001 in Newbury Township, Ohio, and 53-year-old Scheffield is found unconscious in his bed by family members.

However, it turned out he’d been shot in the back of the head and police started a homicide investigation.

Scheffield ran a successful business in the shape of a landscape company and was married to Doretta Scheffield, who also acted as bookkeeper for the business.

Randy Scheffield's sister speaking in court
Randy Scheffield’s sister addresses the court and Doretta about the murder

It was not until March 2015 that Doretta, her son David Rowels and his girlfriend Gina Battalgia were arrested and the motive turned out to be hiding the huge debts that she had run up.

Doretta was charged with aggravated murder, murder and tampering with evidence in the form of the murder weapon, the latter never being found.

She was sentenced to 25 years in prison and will be 91 before she can seek parole.

Randy’s sister Melody said that for Doretta “prison is going to be the first step in the eternal punishment that you will receive for murdering my brother.”

The Perfect Murder airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM on Investigation Discovery. 

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