November 30, 2013

Autopsy results confirm homicide

Coroner also said Ward Guy Wilbur died of stab wounds

SARANAC LAKE — Ward Guy Wilbur died of stab wounds.

As well, said Franklin County Coroner Ronald B. Keough, “the manner of death is homicide.”

He could release no further information on the autopsy performed Tuesday on the Lake Placid man, who was found dead in a Saranac Lake apartment on Monday, Nov. 25.

Angela Ball, 29, is charged with second-degree murder.

She and her attorney waived the preliminary hearing that had been set for 1 p.m. Friday in Saranac Lake Village Court, according to Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne.

At that court appearance, he said, “I would have had to present reasonable cause to believe a crime was committed.”


Now, he has 45 days from Ball’s arrest date, Nov. 25, to present the case to a grand jury.

Franklin County Public Defender Thomas Soucia and Ball can also waive that 45-day requirement since she is incarcerated, Champagne said.

But he, also, would have to agree to that. If he did, Ball would be released on her own recognizance, the DA explained, and he would not allow that to happen.

Ball had been taken to Franklin County Jail without bail after her arraignment on the night of the homicide.

“My past practices in cases of this severity have been to make sure to keep all my actions within the appropriate statutory guidelines,” he said.

A third clock ticking now, Champagne added, counts down the days he is allowed to bring the case to a grand jury.

He has six months to do so, he said.


The investigation into the homicide is continuing, the DA said, with Saranac Village Police conducting it with assistance of State Police.

“They are following additional leads,” he said.

Pennsylvania State Police have also contributed to the effort, as Ball had lived in that state.

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