Cops admit another mistake in murder probe

Lead detective testifies in Alamo Heights murder trial

SAN ANTONIO - The lead detective in the murder trial of Jon Thomas Ford testified Friday that security camera video from a bank near the condo of Dana Clair Edwards, 32,  has been lost.


Det. Leroy Carrion said that the video showed Ford driving into Edward’s condo complex at 11:37 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 2008.

Carrion said that video does not match what Ford told detectives the day after Edward’s body was found in her condo.

The couple, who had broken up in the fall of 2008, had attended a New Year’s Eve party separately.

Ford is accused of strangling Edwards when she returned home from the party.

“He said he left at approximately 11:30-ish from the party, drove home and changed and went to bed," Carrion said Ford told police. 

He noted that Ford’s home is less than two minutes from where the party was held.

Carrion said that though they had lost 28 hours of security camera video, they had video from another camera that provided a better angle. 

That video was played for the jury on Friday.

Earlier in the trial, police said that evidence that should have been collected by first officers on the scene of the murder was not taken.

Carrion testified on Friday that there was a heavy police workload on the night Edwards body was found. 

He said he did not make the scene that night and was not briefed by night detectives until later that day. 

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

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


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