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Tallahassee man accused in murders of two women to spend life in prison

Posted at 11:19 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 11:40:29-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Philip Ford, the man who was facing the death penalty after being accused of murdering two women in 2018, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Ford plead no contest to two counts of first degree murder in Leon County on Friday. The court will also take a sample of his DNA to see if he's connected to any other unsolved crimes.

The 56-year-old was charged in the murders of two women: 32-year-old Alexandria Reshard, found Dec. 19, 2018, and a 46-year-old woman on Jan. 26, 2019.

Documents say both the bodies of both victims were found discarded near a wooded, swampy area and were both partially disrobed, with their shirts pushed up around their neck and their pants pulled down.

Police say both victims were beaten and strangled to death before their bodies were discarded. Ford was connected to the murders through DNA evidence.

Ford, a registered sex offender, has served prison sentences for two violent sexual offenses involving a child under 12.