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    TX - Dana Edwards, 32, murdered in her Alamo Heights home, 1 Jan 2009

    Alamo Heights TX is an affluent, incorporated town within the city of San Antonio.

    Defendant's tears called no match for science
    Jon Thomas Ford appeared distraught, occasionally crying, as he told a detective three years ago that he didn't know why anybody would target his ex-girlfriend, found brutally murdered in her home just outside Alamo Heights two days earlier.

    Dana Clair Edwards, 32, was “a wonderful girl, full of energy, always there for others,” jurors heard Ford say Wednesday as the videotaped interview was played by prosecutors at the outset of his high-profile murder trial.

    But underneath the tears, Ford was spinning very calculated lies about his activities and whereabouts that morning, which security footage and cellphone records would unravel, prosecutor Kathy Cunningham said in an opening statement.
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    Another wince-worthy fact of the matter:
    Her Jack Russell terrier, Grit, was found dead a week later, thrown over Olmos Dam.
    the story, with pictures, at San Antonio Express-News link above

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    Alamo Heights fun facts: the predominant grocery chain in S.A. is H.E.B. The ritzy one near Alamo Heights is nicknamed "the Gucci B.," and features valet service. Mark of prestige in S.A.: to be "an '09er" - which refers to zip code 78209, which includes Alamo Heights. S.A.'s "Golden Triangle," all incorporated, posh towns within the city: Terrell Hills, Olmos Park, Alamo Heights.

    Alamo Heights murder suspect's attorney: Investigation sloppy (kens5.com) w/video

    Dana Clair Edwards obituary (legacy.com)

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    The weekly S.A. Current, in a lengthy article before Jon Thomas Ford's arrest, describes the killing's effect:

    Missing Pieces: An Unsolved Alamo Heights Murder Strains A Close-Knit Community (07 October 2009, nine months after the murder)

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    If ever there were a case where an accused murderer could go free based on bad policework and good lawyering, this is that case.

    Cell phone ping evidence promises to be very interesting due to defense expert claims.

    Excellent job being done at Twitter following the play-by-play of the trial by SA Express-News courthouse beat reporter Craig Kapitan, @HearsaySA

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    twitter live from trial @HearsaySA

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    Craig Kapitan @HearsaySA
    Prosecutors pass witness. Defense asks if they can "start fresh in the morning." Jury sent home. Testimony resumes at 9:30 Fri. in 186th.
    Off to an exciting start.

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    San Antonio Express-News summary of the day's court proceedings:

    Witnesses: Victim noted ex's odd behavior before slaying
    One week before Dana Clair Edwards' battered body was found strangled inside her townhome near Alamo Heights, she confided to a friend that ex-boyfriend Jon Thomas Ford had recently spent five hours with her, possibly drunk and at times crying.

    “She turned to me and looked me directly in the face and said, ‘I'm concerned how Thomas is doing,'” Melissa Federspill recalled at the second day of testimony in Ford's murder trial.
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    It wouldn't be the last odd encounter involving Ford in days before and after Edwards' death, the witness said.
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    more at link above

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    wfgodotThanks for all info, very interesting!
    Kyron, HALEIGH, ADJI & Gabriel NEEDS PRAYERS NOW TO FIND THEM!. Zahra & Jonathan in heaven
    Justice for Hailey!!!!
    No Justice for Caylee Marie..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by passionflower View Post
    wfgodotThanks for all info, very interesting!
    You're welcome! Glad you find it so. It's interesting to me because I lived in an adjacent (but totally not affluent) neighborhood in S.A. for eight years. The murder was the last big news story before I moved.


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    Thanks! Quite interesting.
    JMO.

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    DeGuerin excellent in cross-ex (of course; he's a fine attorney) of Ms. Federspill. Witness rehabilitated well by prosecution. On stand now: Ken Doll. (Can't make this stuff up.) Later: Barbie?? (Also works as in-joke re: Alamo Heights types.)

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    is there a link to a live twitter feed? Interesting case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggy View Post
    is there a link to a live twitter feed? Interesting case.
    @HearsaySA. Guy tweeting is S.A. Ex-News courthouse beat reporter.

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    Here's defense attorney Dick DeGuerin's Wiki page: http://bit.ly/yrozfc

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