In a few minutes I will be filing into the Chenango County Courthouse to watch what is expected to be the final day of testimony in the George Ford Jr. murder trial.
We have been told that the defendant himself has been compelled to take the stand in his own defense.
After the oath is administered and Ford sits down in the witness’ chair the scenes to follow will be the most tense and emotional moments than any other in found Chenango County. Ford has not told his side of the story since the first day he arrived at Chenango Memorial Hospital with the broken body of 12-year-old Shyanne Somers.
People have asked me throughout the trial if I thought if he was guilty or innocent. Honestly I’ve trained myself not to think about it but in the spirit of balance I’ve always tried to stave off my final judgments until I’ve heard both arguments and all the facts.
I don’t think I’m alone when I say how Ford performs on the witness stand today will go a long way to determining the outcome of this case.
After all it is a case with gruesomely compelling circumstantial evidence and definative contradiction. However there seems to be a gap in direct evidence of motive or intent.
The weight of Ford words will indeed have to potential to tip the scales of justice, one way or the other.
I’d better get going now security is heightened at the court and I don’t want to miss a single word of today’s proceedings. This will be one of those moments that I’ll look back on later in my professional career as one of the most intense and exciting moments I’ve had the privileged to witness, first hand.
Don’t worry though, I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.