Ford pleads 'Not Guilty'

NORWICH – George Ford Jr., 42, of Piscataway, N.J., pleaded not guilty Monday to the charge of second degree murder in the July 8 death of a 12-year-old babysitter.

Judge W. Howard Sullivan remanded Ford to jail after the defense said they would not resist the prosecution’s request that no bail be granted for the accused.

“The defendant is accused of one of the most horrendous of crimes, murdering a young girl,” said District Attorney Joseph McBride.

Ford’s defense attorney Randel Scharf did object to a motion made by the DA’s Office to correct an error in the grand jury minutes which placed the time of death at 12:15 a.m., instead of at 3:20 a.m. “If it was an error made by the grand jury, they should be the ones to correct it. It would be improper for the prosecution to alter the document under the pretenses of it being a simple typo,” said Scharf. Sullivan reserved on the decision and said he would respond in writing at a later date.

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