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Accused killer's longtime friend testifies

Alamo Heights man accused of strangling ex-girlfriend

SAN ANTONIO - The last time Dana Clair Edwards, 32, was seen alive was at a 2008 New Years Eve party.

On Thursday, Alan Tarver, who said he and Jon Thomas Ford, 43, were lifelong friends, testified during Ford’s murder trial.

Ford is accused of beating and strangling Edwards. Her body was found on Jan. 2, 2009 in her Alamo Heights townhome.

Tarver testified that the Ford and Edwards had attended that New Years Eve party but not as a couple. They had ended their three-year relationship that fall but, Tarver said, had remained friends.

Ford left the party before midnight that night, he said, and Edwards left later alone. Her parents found her body two days later.

Tarver said that Ford did not leave the party angry and that there was nothing to indicate trouble between the couple that night.

Ford told police that he had gone straight home to bed and talked to no one after leaving the party. But prosecutors, in their opening remarks, said that cell phone records indicate he was in Edward’s neighborhood.

And Tarver testified that he drove by Ford’s home when he left the party and that Ford’s SUV was not in the driveway.

Prosecutors say that DNA evidence matching Ford’s profile was found on a towel that covered Edwards face when her  body was found.

Testimony will continue on Friday in Judge Maria Teresa Herr’s 186th District Court.

If he is found guilty Ford is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison.  


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