The wooden benches in Judge Tessa Herr's courtroom looked especially pew-like at Wednesday morning's preliminary skirmish for the murder trial of Jon Thomas Ford. The 43-year-old is accused of killing ex-girlfriend Dana Clair Edwards in the early-morning hours of January 1, 2009. The families of the victim and the defendant sat straight and somber in neat rows, Dana Clair's parents in the front, Ford's family arrayed behind them, like Protestant congregants awaiting a sermon. It was an unusually well-dressed and proper crowd for the halls of justice. There was no small talk.
- Thursday, 07 July 2011 06:10
- Elaine Wolff