GPD provides resources for domestic violence victims after homicide

Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 11:34 AM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - An Alachua man is behind bars after strangling his girlfriend to death.

William Ford was arrested on Wednesday and is facing charges of homicide and evidence-destroying after Toni McElvy’s death.

McElvy’s body was found dead in her bathtub by Gainesville Police. According to the arrest report, McElvy was strangled and bitten. She was last seen on Nov. 6 when witnesses told police they heard what sounded like Ford hitting McElvy. One witness told police he heard the defendant say, “I went too far.”

Once apprehended, Ford changed his story about the night in question several times before eventually admitting to the strangulation. He claims it was in self defense, however, the investigator on the police report concluded that the bites looked more like an “angry attack.”

During the investigation, another victim stepped forward and said Ford liked to strangle and bite out of anger. Ford has prior convictions for felony battery involving domestic violence on his record.

GPD worked with the Alachua Police Department to the identify and apprehend Ford.

He is currently in the Alachua County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

GPD said it wants victims of domestic violence to reach out for help before it’s too late.

“Chief Jones, the entire department of GPD, all of law enforcement here in Gainesville takes this very seriously,” GPD Public Information Officer Graham Glover said. “We want to work with our community members and if you are or you know somebody who is a victim of domestic violence, please reach out.”

Glover mentioned Peaceful Paths as a resource for domestic violence victims.

“Our officers go through an incredible amount of training to deal with victims of these incidents,” Glover said. “We’re well-trained. We can get you the adequate resources and we want our community to never be afraid to reach out.”

Below are two social service agencies who help domestic violence victims:

Peaceful Paths

2100 NW 53rd Ave.

Gainesville, Fl

(352) 377-8255

Creative Services Inc.

1910 S Pine Ave.

Ocala, Fl

(352) 351-4009

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