Convicted killer denied free trial transcript

Jon Thomas Ford claims he is indigent

Author: Paul Venema, Reporter, pvenema@ksat.com
Published On: Jun 14 2012 05:15:49 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 14 2012 12:43:53 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

A judge has denied a motion filed by Jon Thomas Ford, 43, to have taxpayers pay the bill for the transcript of his trial.

Ford wants to use the transcript, which would cost an estimated $15,000, in his motion for a new trial.

His father, Jon Grant Ford, testified during Thursday’s hearing that his son’s claim of indigency was legitimate.

Though there were family assets, Ford said, none was available to his son.

Records submitted during the hearing showed Ford had $830.29 in two accounts and bills totaling $2,246.

Ford’s lawyer said they will appeal Thursday’s ruling.

His appeal on the conviction is on hold while that appeal is pending.

Ford was convicted in February of strangling his ex-girlfriend, Dana Clair Edwards, 32, following a 2008 New Years Eve party.