Texas man arrested for ex-wife’s death has previous attempted murder, assault convictions

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MCALLEN, Texas — On Sunday, authorities charged a man for aggravated kidnapping in connection with a McAllen woman’s murder case.

On Friday, Melissa Banda was reported missing and last seen with 40-year-old Richard Ford, her ex-husband.

A police hunt located Ford on South Padre Island Beach Access #5, but Banda was still missing. Authorities arrested Ford for previous arrest warrants, which included harassment and violation of a court order.

Late Friday night, investigators discovered Banda’s deceased body in rural Hidalgo County.

Ford’s bond is placed at $2.5 million. As of Sunday, he remains in jail.

However, this not Richard Ford’s first run in with the law.

In 1998, Ford spent 15 days in jail on an assault charge for hitting another man.

In 2002, Ford was charged for attempting to murder someone in a 2001 incident. He spent eight years in prison for this offense.

Richard Ford in 2002 when he was arrested for attempting to murder (soruce: Hidalgo County Public Records)

Ford had eluded jail for nearly a decade after his release in 2010 until February 2020 when he was arrested for assaulting a family member.

However, according to jail records, Ford posted bond and was released from jail and never faced conviction for this offense.

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