Former Shelby County Interim Mayor Joe Ford, who was in court Wednesday morning on a theft of property charge, said when the truth comes out he will be vindicated.
Ford is accused of stealing two Rolex watches after a personal check written to Las Savell Jewelers for the purchase was twice returned for non-sufficient funds. According to Memphis Police, Ford failed to make good on several arrangements to pay the bad check.
After a short arraignment hearing on Wednesday, Joe Ford's attorney, Arthur Horne III, insisted the full truth would be revealed in General Sessions Court on October 13th.
This came just hours after Ford turned himself in to authorities after learning a warrant had been issued for his arrest on felony theft charges. Upon his release Tuesday night, Ford stated, "It was all a misunderstanding, we'll leave it at that."
While the facts were not forthcoming at Wednesday's hearing, a defense is definitely in the works - one apparently based on an alleged "gentlemen's agreement" between the late Memphis jewelry store owner Las Savell and Ford. Since Savell passed away earlier this year in August, the details of any such agreement may have been known only to the two of them.
"If you look at the affidavit then you only get one side of the story," Horne said. "I'm sure that when the state understands the full agreement between my client and Mr. Las Savelle that we'll get this resolved favorably."
Ford, who promised Tuesday night that all would be revealed at his arraignment, told FOX13 Wednesday morning that he'll let the justice system work and he's not making any further statements until his day in court next month.
Ford was also accompanied to court Wednesday morning by his son, Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford, and the elder Ford's sister, Joyce Ford Miller.