April 27, 1997 in Nation/World

Groom Killed New Brother-In-Law

Compiled From Wire Services

A newlywed convicted of killing his brother-in-law at the wedding reception could spend up to eight years in prison for the slaying his bride called self-defense.

James M. Ford, 25, was found guilty Friday of involuntary manslaughter. He faces two to eight years behind bars at sentencing scheduled for May 23.

Richard Simpson, 32, died of stab wounds to the heart after the October 26 wedding of Ford and Simpson’s sister, Meloney.

Meloney Ford said her husband was acting in self-defense. Witnesses told authorities Simpson had been arguing with his sister when the groom pulled out a knife and stabbed Simpson.

In January, Meloney Ford obtained a one-year restraining order against another brother, Lyndon Simpson, whom she said had threatened her.

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