GPS Tracker Data Holds Up In Court
Vehicle Tracking Device Helps Lead To Murder Conviction
When the ruling judge handed George Ford Jr. a 25-years-to-life sentence, GPS tracking system technology officially became a credible form of evidence in the courtroom. Ford’s murder trial was unique on a few different levels. First of all, there were no eyewitnesses at the crime scene when the horrific events took place. Second, Ford had a GPS tracker inside the cab of his vehicle that documented all the events that occurred the night the alleged murder took place. Oddly enough, it was not law enforcement agents who equipped Ford’s truck with a GPS tracker, but rather his own wife who believed Ford was having an affair. However, when law enforcement authorities recovered the GPS tracking device that was covertly placed inside Ford’s truck, what they discovered was a whole new story that completely contradicted Ford’s version of the night’s events in the evening young Shyanne Somers died.
Somers, a typical 12-year-old girl, was babysitting Ford and his wives children on July 8th, 2007. When Ford and his wife returned home from their night out, it was time for Somers to go home from her night of babysitting. She and Ford got inside of Ford’s truck and then drove off to Somer’s home. According to Ford, during the drive, Somers spotted some horses and wanted to stop and see them. Ford then parked his vehicle near a pasture to observe the horses with young Somers. During this time, Ford stated he decided to turn his vehicle around for some unknown reason, and when he made the maneuver he hit and killed Somers with his truck.
Ford’s recollection of the night’s events was all police had to work with until they recovered the vehicle tracking unit called the GPS Tracking Key.
Most Accurate GPS Tracker
When police reviewed the data from the GPS tracking system they were shocked. First of all, the GPS data logger showed that Ford actually took Somers to an abandoned house for a period of time before the accident took place. Police began suspecting that potential sexual misconduct may have occurred during the time Ford was at the abandoned house with Somers. However, the most disturbing information the GPS tracking system provided was that Ford did not take young Somers to the hospital for nearly 3 hours after the accident. Police suspect Ford was perfecting his story during an extended period of time.
Defense Attorney Attempts To Discredit GPS Tracking System Data
Ford’s defense attorney attempted to discredit the GPS tracking system data on grounds that technology did have shortcomings, and that the GPS tracker could give false readings under certain conditions. The attorney also questioned a representative from the company who manufactured the GPS tracker, making suggestions the company was trying to capitalize on the trial by promoting the GPS vehicle tracker technology as equipment that solved a murder before the trial concluded.
After the expert testimony concluded, it was clearly evident that the GPS tracking system was functioning properly and the data was accurate. The defense was unable to put together a solid counter-attack against a voiceless and impartial GPS tracking device that simply documented the events as they took place.
The sentencing did not take long, due to the overwhelming evidence stacked up against Ford. The judge sentenced Ford to 25 years to life behind bars. The GPS tracker evidence was the heart of the case, and without it, the truth may have never been revealed.