No death penalty for McAllen man accused of kidnapping, killing ex-wife

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The state will not seek the death penalty in the case of a McAllen man accused of killing his ex-wife, according to court records.  

Richard Ford was indicted on charges of capital murder, assault, and stalking in February. 

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Authorities say 37-year-old Melissa Banda was taken from her McAllen home last August after a struggle with Ford. Her body was later found in a rural area in Donna. 

Ford is due back in court in January. 



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