Maryland man sent to grand jury in wife’s murder
The case of a Maryland man charged with killing his wife outside of Leesburg will move to the grand jury.
After a preliminary hearing May 15 in the Loudoun County Juvenile and Domestic Relations court, Judge Pamela Brooks ruled there is probable cause to move the case against Kelvin Forde, 50, of Baltimore to the grand jury.
Forde was arrested March 11 after allegedly shooting his wife, Ruby C. Forde, who turned 55 that day, just outside of Leesburg after an altercation.
According to case agent Mark Bush, the Fordes were driving from Baltimore to get Ruby Forde's bags and drop her off with her sister in preparation for a trip to Jamaica, a vacation Kelvin Forde, "preferred she didn't go on," Bush said. Earlier that week, Ruby Forde had broached the topic of separation papers, and Kelvin Forde feared she was having an affair.
The couple pulled over in a cul-de-sac near Woolsthorpe Drive, where they used to have discussions when they lived in the area.
“He said he didn't want to quarrel,” Bush said.
But the two did start to fight and during Bush's three hour interrogation, Forde admitted he retrieved his gun and shot her.
After he killed his wife, Kelvin Forde called 911.
Testifying at the hearing, Deputy Ryan Hamilton, who has worked with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office for eight years, explained how he was dispatched to the scene at Woolsthorpe Drive and Hambrick Lane on March 11 shortly after 10:30 a.m. while on patrol. Deputy Aleksandra Kowalski was already on scene. Hambrick told the court he approached the car, an Infinity, using the treeline for cover, when he saw Kelvin Forde sitting on the curb with his hands in his head. Forde obeyed police instructions, and Kowalski arrested him.
Hambrick kept moving toward the car, where he saw someone in the vehicle. When he opened the passenger side door, Ruby Forde began to fall out of the car.
"There was a significant amount of blood," Hambrick said.
Rescue personnel pronounced Ruby Forde dead at the scene of the crime.
Robert Bruns of Crime Scene Investigations found a Glock 17 9mm on the driver's side of the car, as well as several casings and unused bullets. Ruby Forde had been shot in the head and there were three bullet holes in the car.
Public defender Lori O'Donnell argued there was no evidence to support a first-degree murder charge.
“I don't think the number of shots indicates premeditation,” O'Donnell said.
Still, Brooks sent both one charge of first-degree murder and one charge of use of a firearm in commission of a felony to the grand jury.
Forde is currently being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.