Ford, who reportedly has retained top-notch Houston defense attorney Dick DeGuerin, is expected to make bail today. Ford has not yet been indicted, but he has been the focus of the murder investigation for several months. He attended a New Year's Eve party with Edwards* -- who family and friends say had recently ended a serious romantic relationship with him -- but left early. Edwards was murdered sometime after she returned home in the early hours of January 1. There were no signs of theft or sexual assault, but Edwards's Jack Russell terrier, Grit, was missing and his body was found some two weeks later in Olmos Basin.
According to the police, recent results from crime lab tests were the impetus for Ford's arrest.
* A clarification: Dana Clair and Thomas Ford did not attend the party together -- they were both in attendance as mutual friends of the hosts.