Marianna, Florida- His hands and ankles shackled, John Wayne Lincoln made his way into a Jackson County courtroom Monday afternoon. Lincoln is charged with first degree murder in the brutal stabbing of 62-year-old Vivian Ford at her home in Greenwood on November 27th of last year. Her husband, Larry Ford, came home that night to find her in a pool of blood.
Ford was the secretary to several Jackson County school superintendents, and her family was named Jackson County's Farm Family of the Year back in the 1970's. She was well-known in the community.
"Our boys had actually spoke to her one time at the driveway. You know super nice lady," said Bryan Thompson, one of Ford’s neighbors.
"It's pretty unnerving, especially for my fiancé. We have four kids. We have three boys and our five-month-old. She (fiancé) ran around actually locking all the windows because stuff like that doesn't happen out here," said Thompson.
By the next day, November 28th, deputies had arrested and charged Lincoln in connection with the killing.
"It was very nice to know how quickly the sheriff's department did, you know in apprehending suspects and what not," said Thompson.
Lincoln, who's been in jail since his arrest, did not show any emotion during Monday's hearing. His attorney plans to file a motion in July to add another attorney to the defense team.
Lincoln's trial date is tentatively set for November 7th, and the state will seek the death penalty if he's convicted.