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January 11, 2014

Woman indicted in Saranac Lake murder case

SARANAC LAKE — Angela Ball has been indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on charges linked to the Nov. 26 death of Ward Guy Wilbur.

The exact charges will not be released until Ball appears for arraignment before County Court Judge Robert G. Main Jr. sometime next week.

District Attorney Derek Champagne said he sent a letter to Saranac Lake Village Court, informing officials there that the lower court no longer had jurisdiction over the case because an indictment was issued by the grand jury on Tuesday.

He said the matter would be transferred to County Court.

Wilbur, 65, of Lake Placid, was found beaten and stabbed to death in Ball’s apartment at 19 Morris Way in Saranac Lake.

An autopsy revealed he died of blunt-force trauma and stab wounds.

Ball, 29, of Saranac Lake is being held without bail at the Franklin County Jail, where she was taken following her arrest.

BAT, KNIFE SEIZED

Wilbur and Ball had known each other about two years and, when their romantic relationship ended after a year, they had remained friends, prosecutors said.

Investigators said Wilbur drove to Ball’s apartment just off Route 3 in the Village of Saranac Lake at about 8:30 a.m. Nov. 26.

Prosecutors believe he must have died shortly after his arrival because, when police responded to a call Ball made at 11 a.m. about a possible assault, Wilbur appeared to have been dead for a while from what were described as catastrophic injuries.

Saranac Lake Village Police charged her with second-degree murder.

A baseball bat and knife were collected from the apartment as evidence and sent to a State Police laboratory.

Ball has previous arrests, including one in December 2012 for unlawful possession of marijuana after she was stopped for allegedly speeding and another in May 2013 for driving while intoxicated, refusing to take a breathalyzer test and unlawful possession of pot.

Several pot plants were seized from the Saranac Lake apartment the day of her arrest.

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressrepublican.com

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