November 27, 2013

Murder suspect called police


Nason said Ball, who was at her apartment when police arrived, was wearing a jacket at the time. He did not elaborate on the appearance of her attire.

“She was cooperative with us” and did not resist arrest, he said, adding that police took her into custody as soon as they arrived at the apartment.

Champagne and Nason declined to release any other information regarding the events leading up to the alleged murder or what the inside of Apartment 3 looked like when they got there.

The homicide was an isolated incident, and public safety was not in jeopardy, the DA said.


Dr. C. Francis Varga performed an autopsy Tuesday at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake to confirm the cause of Wilbur’s death. The DA said the results likely wouldn’t be available until the preliminary hearing, scheduled for Friday.

However, Ball’s attorney, Franklin County Public Defender Tom Soucia, may elect to forgo that court appearance, Champagne said.

Aiding the 12 Saranac Lake Police officers in the probe into Wilbur’s death are investigators with State Police Troop B’s Violent Crime Unit and Forensic Unit and Pennsylvania State Police.

“It’s truly a team approach,” Champagne said.

The evidence they have collected will be analyzed at both at the forensics lab in Ray Brook and the State Police Forensic Science Laboratory in Albany, the DA said.


Saranac Lake Village Police records show Ball has previous arrests.

She was charged on Dec. 20, 2012, with unlawful possession of marijuana after the vehicle she was driving was pulled over for speeding, authorities said.

On May 15 of this year, a report of an erratic driver resulted in Ball’s arrest. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test and unlawful possession of marijuana, a police report says.

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