Court of Appeals Reject Appeal in March 2015 Murder
9/27/2017: On September 25, 2017, the Missouri Court of Appeals rejected Connie Sanders-Ford appeal. Her complaints were:
The state failed to show that she deliberated before the slaying. The trial court erred in not granting a mistrial
The Court of Appeals affirm the convictions. See attached below Sanders-Ford Appeal Documents.
7/6/2016: Connie Sanders-Ford was sentenced on Tuesday July 5, 2016 to life without parole for Murder 1st Degree and 3 years for Armed Criminal Action. In May a jury convicted Sanders-Ford of the crimes.
5/19/2016: After a short deliberation a jury reaches a verdict in a Southwest Missouri murder trial. Connie Sanders-Ford, 66, has been convicted in the March 2015 shooting death of a man with whom she’d been having an affair. Jurors deliberated for less than an hour before finding Sanders-Ford guilty. She was also convicted of Armed Criminal Action. Jurors concluded she shot and killed John Jordon, whose body was found in his Granby home.
Sanders-Ford sentencing is scheduled for July 5th.
7/6/2015: A change of venue request is approved by a Newton County judge.
4/1/2015: Sanders-Ford appeared in Newton County court, and was advised to hire a lawyer. She is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of John Jordon.
Sanders-Ford is to be back in court for a pre-trial conference on April 15th.
Update March 31, 2015 5:19 PM: Newton County authorities release details concerning a shooting death in Granby, Missouri. Investigators say 58-year-old John Jordon died of a gunshot wound to the chest yesterday. He was found in his home.
Investigators say it appears Jordon was involved with two women: His wife, and also 65-year-old Connie Sanders-Ford. Investigators say Jordon’s relationship with Sanders-Ford ultimately led to his death.
Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland says his deputies’ involvement with this case did not start at the scene of the crime in Granby. It instead started with a phone call, from a person living on Moberly Lane in Neosho.
Copeland says this person said a woman, who was visiting, just admitted to shooting a man in Granby. Deputies were then dispatched to the scene of the crime, 1264 Spruce Street.
The victim had tried to get out of his relationship with Sanders-Ford.
“He had actually sought an ex parte to get her from harassing him, or being around her. His wife was granted an ex parte, the victim’s wife, which we had served on the suspect on the eleventh of this month, telling her to stay away from the residence and the family,” says Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland.
“The victim was currently married. From what information we’ve gained, it appears as though some type of personal relationship with the defendant,” says Copeland. “I know he had a personal relationship with her, and he had tried to end it.”
Copeland says an ex parte was also served from the victim’s son towards the suspect.
Sanders-Ford is being charged with armed criminal action and first degree murder. The body of John Jordon has been sent away for an autopsy.
Updated March 31, 2015: (Report from Jordan Aubey) Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland says a love triangle is behind this murder. Deputies say their part in this investigation didn’t start in Granby where the crime happened.
According to deputies, a person living in Neosho called deputies and said a friend, visiting her at her home, just admitted to shooting a man in Granby. That’s how deputies found out about this murder. Yesterday afternoon, deputies found John Jordon, 58, dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland says Jordan ws involved in some sort of relationship withe suspect, Connie Ford, 65. The victim had a wife.
Sheriff Copeland says an ex parte, a restraining order, was served by the victims family against Ford. Additionally, Copeland wants to charge Ford with 1st Degree Murder.
“We believe at this time that she went over to the victims house with the intentions of doing some type of harm. She took a gun over there with her,” Copeland said.
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Updated March 30, 2015: From the Office of Newton County Sheriff’s Department:
At about 2:15 PM the Newton County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a shooting had just occurred in Granby.
Deputies responded along with Granby Police Officers to 1264 Spruce in Granby. Upon arrival we discovered a deceased male, 58, of that residence who appeared to be the victim of a gunshot.
At about 3 PM Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested a female, 65 from Neosho, on Moberly Lane in Neosho for 1st Degree Murder.
Authorities are not releasing the victim or suspects names at this time.