Murder case stemming from road rage incident heading to grand jury
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The murder case involving Brenda Ford will go to a grand jury. According to our news partners at The Huntsville Times/AL.com, Madison County District Judge Patty Demos ruled there is enough evidence to send the case to the grand jury for consideration.
52-year-old Ford is charged with murder for a deadly shooting following a road rage exchange and fight at Melody Circle. 34-year-old Tamika Ragland was killed. The incident happened on February 11, 2015.
Officials say the shooting happened after a brawl when Ford drove to her home and Ragland followed.
Huntsville Police Department investigators Chris Hines was the only witness to testify at the preliminary hearing on Wednesday, according to our news partners at The Huntsville Times/AL.com.
Hines testified the women began fighting and at some point Ford went into the house and got a .44 caliber pistol. The investigators say Ragland and the women with her got back into her car and began to drive away when Ford fired a shot that entered through the windshield, hitting Ragland, causing a fatal wound.
Ford’s attorney, Chris Messervy, suggested Ford’s family was under threat before she got the gun.
The grand jury will now go over the evidence to determine if Ford’s case will go to trial.
Shortly after the deadly shooting, Ragland’s family spoke exclusively with WHNT News 19.