Family, Law Officers Oppose Clemency for Region 8 Cop Killer

MAY 18, 2005 - Posted at 2:19 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The family of a state trooper slain in Crittenden County in 1980 implored the state parole board today to show no mercy for his killer.

The state Post-Prison Transfer Board heard from law officers and the family of Sergeant Glen Bailey at a hearing on the executive clemency petition of Clay Anthony Ford of Blytheville.

Ford is serving a life sentence for gunning down Bailey at a roadblock in Marion.

Bailey's widow, Shan Bailey, told the parole board that the family is still feeling the effects of the slaying.

The panel is scheduled to interview Ford on May 24 and announce its vote on May 31.

The parole board's recommendation will go to the governor, who has executive clemency powers.

Ford was tried twice in the state trooper's killing.  He originally was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death, but his execution was stayed in 1983, his capital murder conviction was overturned and the charge against him was changed to first-degree murder.

In his second trial, Ford was convicted of the lesser charge and sentenced to life in prison.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)