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James D. FORD





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: April 6, 1997
Date of birth: July 23, 1960
Victims profile: Greg and Kim Malnory
Method of murder: Shooting (.22 caliber rifle) - Beating with an axe
Location: Charlotte County, Florida, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on June 3, 1999

Florida Supreme Court

opinion SC95972 opinion SC04-1611

DC#  763722
DOB:  07/23/60

Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Charlotte County Case # 97-351
Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Cynthia Ellis
Attorney, Trial: Paul Sullivan – Private
Attorney, Direct Appeal: Robert F. Moeller – Assistant Public Defender
Attorney, Collateral Appeals:  Ryan Truskoski – Registry

Date of Offense: 04/06/97

Date of Sentence: 06/03/99

Circumstances of Offense:

James Ford and Greg Malnory were co-workers at the South Florida Sod Farm in rural Charlotte County.  Ford made plans to go fishing on the sod farm with Greg and his wife Kim on 04/06/97.

On 04/07/97, the bodies of Greg and Kim Malnory were found in a field near a pond at the sod farm.  The 22-month-old daughter of the Malnorys was found alive, but exposed to the elements, in the Malnory’s truck. 

The medical examiner testified that Greg Malnory had been shot in the back of the head with a bullet from a .22 caliber rifle, bludgeoned at least seven times with an axe, and then had his throat slit.  Kim Malnory was raped, then bludgeoned with an axe nine times in the head by Ford, who then put the barrel of the .22 caliber rifle in her mouth and pulled the trigger.

Ford was linked to the crimes by being seen on the same day of the murder with blood on his face, hands, and clothes.  Also, a significant amount of DNA evidence, mostly from the sexual offenses, was found at the crime scene and matched Ford’s DNA.  Additionally, the .22 caliber rifle used in the murders belonged to Ford.

Trial Summary:

04/30/97          Indicted as follows:

Count I            First-Degree Murder

Count II           First-Degree Murder

Count III          Armed Sexual Battery

Count IV           Child Abuse

03/08/99          Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment

04/23/99          Jury recommended a death sentence for each count by votes of 11-1

06/03/99          Sentenced as follows:

Count I             First-Degree Murder – Death

Count II            First-Degree Murder – Death

Count III           Armed Sexual Battery – 19 years, 9 months, 15 days

Count IV           Child Abuse – 5 years

Case Information:

Ford filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 07/01/99, citing the following errors: improper prosecution comments during the closing arguments of the guilt and penalty phases of trial; the correctness of charging Ford with Child Abuse; insufficient evidence to support the finding of the cold, calculated, and premeditated murder aggravating circumstance; and failure to consider all mitigating evidence.  The FSC affirmed the convictions and sentences on 09/13/01.

Ford filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court on 03/13/02 that was denied on 05/28/02.

Ford filed a 3.851 Motion with the Circuit Court on 05/28/03 that was denied on 07/12/04.

Ford filed a 3.851 Motion Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 08/16/04 that is pending.



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