Widow appears in court for hearing

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A trial date has been set for May 23

By Calen McKinney

Tonya M. Ford was in court Tuesday, Dec. 7, for a hearing in the case that accuses her of murdering her husband.

Ford, 37, appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly on Tuesday, Dec. 7, morning for the discovery hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes.

The hearing, according to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney John Miller, the prosecutor in the case, was to document where he and the defense stand in terms of providing discovery in the case.

According to Black's Law Dictionary, the discovery process refers to the finding or learning of information that was previously unknown.

"The Commonwealth is required to provide certain information relating to the case to the defendant so that the defendant is not surprised at trial about the allegations or the evidence that the Commonwealth intends to introduce," Miller stated in an e-mail.

"Interestingly, the defendant's obligation to provide information is really much more limited and only applies to written documents which they intend to introduce into evidence."

Miller said the Commonwealth's office has provided hundreds of pages of discovery to Ford's attorney, Danny Butler of Greensburg.

That was discussed during the hearing, and Miller told Kelly that more discovery is expected in the near future.

Miller told Kelly that he has turned over all discovery information that he has received so far to Butler, and Butler said he had no problems with what he has received.

Another discovery conference has been set for Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Ford is accused of killing her husband, former Lebanon Police officer David M. Ford on Feb. 10, 2009. She pleaded not guilty to the crimes last month.

A trial date has been set for May 23.

David Ford, 40, was found shot to death at his Graham Road home in Campbellsville. The Campbellsville E-911 Center received a phone call from Tonya Ford, stating that she had arrived home and found him dead.

Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney said last year that an autopsy confirmed that his death was a homicide.

Nearly two years later, on Oct. 19, a Taylor County grand jury convened in special session to hear from 17 witnesses in the case and issued an indictment charging Ford with murder.

She was arrested at 9:52 a.m. the following day at the Taylor County Courthouse. If convicted, she could be sentenced to as much as life in prison. She was released from the Taylor County Detention Center on Nov. 9, after her family paid a $30,000 cash bond.

Butler did not return a phone call to comment for this story.

Editor's note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.