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November 27, 2013

Murder suspect called police

SARANAC LAKE — The woman charged with murdering Ward Guy Wilbur on Monday called police that morning to report a “possible assault.”

Angela Ball, 29, of Saranac Lake faces second-degree-murder charges in the death of Wilbur, a former boyfriend. She was arraigned in Saranac Lake Village Court late Monday night and sent to Franklin County Jail without bail.

Wilbur, 65, died in Apartment 3 at 19 Morris Way, where it appears Ball had been living for the past two months or so.

He suffered blunt-force trauma and stab wounds, said Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne.

‘CATASTROPHIC INJURIES’

Wilbur left his home at 19 Adirondack Loj Road in Lake Placid on Monday morning, driving his maroon Toyota sedan to Ball’s apartment, located in a residential neighborhood off Route 3 in the Village of Saranac Lake, Champagne said at a news conference Tuesday.

Wilbur arrived at about 8:30 a.m., and Saranac Lake Police Department Chief Bruce Nason said police believe he died “not long” after that because when they arrived at 11 a.m., it appeared he had been dead for awhile.

When asked if Wilbur’s life could have been saved if authorities had been called earlier, Champagne said, “The injuries were catastrophic.”

‘KNIFE, BAT SEIZED’

Police seized a knife and baseball bat from Ball’s apartment, Champagne said.

They also seized her clothing, about 100 small marijuana starter plants, some pot-growing equipment and Ball’s dog, now in the care of Elmore SPCA.

Champagne would not comment on whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the alleged murder.

Ball, who is originally from the Philadelphia area, had lived at 1951 State Route 86 in the Town of Harrietstown but had apparently moved to 19 Morris Way sometime during the past two months.

She and Wilbur had known each other for about two years, Champagne said. They had been in an “intimate relationship” for the first year and had broken up but were still friends, the DA said.

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