Tony Ford, an El Paso man who had been scheduled for execution March 14, 2006 , has had his execution date stayed. District Court Judge William Moody abated the execution order because DNAtesting must be done on clothing that could clear Ford’s name. The clothes will be sent to California in the next 2 weeks, and JudgeMoody says results could be in by mid-March. Ford has always maintained his innocence in the 1991 shooting death of 17-year-old Armando Murillo.
It’s a good thing they are sending the evidence out of state for testing, considering all the problems with crime labs in Texas.