MILTON — Kevin Ford will not face criminal charges in connection with the Oct. 9 stabbing death of James Alson Macks, the State Attorney's Office announced Thursday.
The fight that led to Macks' death began while Ford, his girlfriend Jennifer Taylor and her 8-year-old daughter were in their home at 5132 Buggy Drive at 8 p.m., eating pizza on the living room floor, according to a report from the State Attorney's Office. That's when Macks, Taylor's brother who was also living there, walked into the living room with an aluminum bat and began to yell at her about the power being disconnected.
Macks struck Taylor in the head and arm with the bat while they were yelling at one another, the press release said. Macks then raised the bat to strike Ford.
Taylor and Ford pushed Macks into the kitchen to get him away from the child. Macks, still armed with the bat, pushed both Taylor and Ford toward the kitchen sink. Macks then lunged at Ford with the bat, and as he did Ford grabbed a kitchen knife from the counter and stabbed Macks one time, the report said.
The couple then pushed Macks down the hallway away from the child, who remained in the living room. Macks struck Ford in the head with the bat, causing both of them to fall. Taylor helped her boyfriend up and they ran next door to Taylor's mother's house with the child.
It was at the home of Bonnie Brewer, the mother, where the couple called law enforcement.
Santa Rosa County sheriff's deputies who responded to the call observed multiple injuries to Ford and Taylor.
Deputies entered the home and found Macks lying on his back in the hallway, according to the report. EMS tried to treat him, but he was pronounced dead.
Macks, when he was first found by deputies, had the bat lying between his legs. He had a puncture wound under his ribs and a laceration on his back. He also had small lacerations on his knuckles and his right hand was covered in a sticky black substance consistent with the wrapping on an aluminum bat.
Deputies found the knife on the patio just outside of the door going into the hallway where Macks was found.
Major Crimes Detective Jason Denney interviewed Taylor, Ford and the child, who all gave consistent statements about what had occurred, the report said. The statements were also consistent with the evidence at the scene.
At the time of the initial interviews, they were unaware that Macks was dead.
Brewer, Macks' mother, said her son was extremely violent, and she and her husband were afraid of him. Brewer said Macks was not allowed to stay with her because he would terrorize and beat her. Detectives located multiple text messages between Brewer and Macks supporting her claim.
An autopsy report determined Macks' cause of death was a stab wound to his right torso that penetrated the liver.
The State Attorney's Office's review determined that the use of force by Ford was reasonable and justifiable, and no criminal charges will be filed.