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Banda family affirms their love of Melissa; ex-husband sentenced to life

“I hope you never forget I love you to the moon and back.”

McAllen man guilty of ex-wife’s kidnapping, murder

EDINBURG — A jury on Wednesday found 44-year-old Richard Ford guilty of capital murder for kidnapping and killing his ex-wife, Melissa Banda.

State rests in trial of McAllen man accused of kidnapping, killing ex-wife

EDINBURG — Prosecutors rested their cases just before noon Tuesday in the trial of a 44-year-old McAllen man accused of kidnapping and murdering his ex-wife.

McAllen man bought hunting knife, duct tape before his ex-wife’s murder

EDINBURG — A Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office investigator on Monday afternoon testified that Richard Ford bought a knife and duct tape in the days leading up to his ex-wife’s kidnapping and murder.

Police detail evidence collection in trial of McAllen man accused of killing Melissa Banda

The trial for 44-year-old Richard Ford, who is accused of kidnapping and murdering his 37-year-old ex-wife Melissa Banda in 2020, continued Thursday with testimony from an investigator who responded to the scene where her body was discovered.

Park ranger who apprehended Richard Ford at SPI testifies in murder trial

EDINBURG — The man who found Richard Ford on South Padre Island testified Wednesday about what exactly Ford was doing there after his ex-wife had been kidnapped and murdered earlier that day.

‘No hesitation’: Gruesome autopsy testimony begins Richard Ford’s murder trial

EDINBURG — State prosecutors didn’t waste any time Tuesday morning as they presented jurors with autopsy photos on the first day of trial against Richard Ford, the 44-year-old McAllen man accused of kidnapping and killing his ex-wife, Melissa Banda, in August 2020.