Sunday, July 26, 2009
When Mark Douglas Ledford came home on Nov. 29, 2007, to find a strange green Honda Accord parked near his house with the windows rolled down and the keys in the ignition, he suspected trouble.
Who had left the car there, and why? What if something strange was going on? Shouldn't the police investigate?
Soon after, those questions got answered. But instead of helping uncover a crime, Ledford and then-girlfriend Asia Ward found themselves arrested and accused of one.
On Wednesday, according to his attorney, Ledford is scheduled to be tried on charges of auto burglary after having become another statistic in an Austin Police Department undercover program. Ward's trial date has not been set.
Ledford, 39, has a job at a real estate firm and no criminal record. He plays in local rock bands and has a tattoo across his chest that reads "To Whom Much is Given
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