State recommends life in prison for McAllen man accused of kidnapping, killing ex-wife
Prosecutors on Wednesday recommended a McAllen man accused of kidnapping and killing his ex-wife to be sentenced to life in prison, court records show.
Richard Ford was indicted on charges of capital murder, assault, and stalking last year.
Authorities say 37-year-old Melissa Banda was taken from her McAllen home in August 2020 after a struggle with Ford. Her body was later found in a rural area in Donna.
At a Wednesday pre-trial hearing, prosecutors recommended Ford plead guilty to the charge of capital murder, according to court records. In exchange, his other charges of stalking, assault and violating a protective order would be dismissed.
Ford remains jailed on a $4.5 million bond. His next court date is April 20.