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January 18, 2014

Angela Ball pleads not guilty to murder

Saranac Lake woman awaits court conference

PLATTSBURGH — At her arraignment in Franklin County Court of Friday morning, Angela Ball pleaded not guilty to murdering Ward Guy Wilbur last November.

On Jan. 7, she was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree assault, both felonies.

‘BAIL REFUSED’

Franklin County Public Defender Thomas Soucia entered Ball’s plea before Judge Robert G. Main Jr.

Her behavior in court “was nothing out of the ordinary,” Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne said of the arraignment, nor did the Saranac Lake woman speak.

Soucia asked Main to set bail, and his request was refused, the DA said.

Ball, shackled in handcuffs, was brought back to Franklin County Jail after the court appearance.

‘DIED OF STAB WOUNDS’

On the morning of Nov. 25, 2013, Saranac Lake Village Police found Wilbur dead in Ball’s apartment at 19 Morris Way in Saranac Lake after she called 911 to report a “possible assault,” Champagne said previously.

The Lake Placid man, 65, had driven from his residence to the apartment that morning, according to police.

He and Ball, who had known each other for about two years, had been involved in an intimate relationship that had cooled to friendship, authorities said.

Franklin County Coroner Ronald B. Keough determined Wilbur died of stab wounds.

A knife and baseball bat were seized by police from the apartment.

Friday, Champagne said he could release nothing further about the case.

‘NOTICES FILED’

Champagne filed a few notices with the court on Friday.

One is a statement from Saranac Lake Police Sgt. James Law and Officer Reyanin Peck with the department.

Two statements from Ball were also filed, along with two DVD recordings of Ball’s interview with police that Champagne said lasted from 11 a.m. to almost 11 p.m. the day she allegedly killed Wilbur.

While the defense hadn’t filed any motions yet, Soucia has 45 days to do so, the DA said.

Champagne said one of his assistant district attorneys will assist him with the prosecution as the case moves forward.

Ball’s next appearance will be a court conference scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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