Friday, April 13, 2007
TALLAHASSEE: The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a Charlotte County couple back in 1997.
James "Jimbo" Ford appealed to the high court claiming that he wasn't properly represented by his attorneys.
Ford was sentenced to death for brutally murdering Kimberly and Greg Malnory. Authorities say they were beaten, stabbed and shot. Kimberly was also sexually assaulted.
The couple's young daughter was found in the couple truck, near their bodies. She was still strapped into her car seat.
Ford appealed his conviction saying his attorneys pursued a defense of voluntary intoxication - despite his objections. He also said they failed to show evidence that he was mentally retarded.
Finally, Ford claimed his lawyers waived his speedy trial rights without his permission.
The Supreme Court rejected each of Ford's claims and upheld his death sentence.
No word yet on if Ford plans any more appeals or if and when he will be executed.