November 27, 2013

Murder suspect called police



Authorities have permitted the tenants of the five other apartments at 19 Morris Way to remain living there, Nason said.

Courtney Martin, 19, lives on the second floor of the building.

She said she left her apartment at about 10 a.m. Monday and returned around 10 p.m. to find police on the property.

Judging by the timeline police have described, it’s possible that Martin was home when Wilbur was killed.

“I didn’t hear anything,” she told the Press-Republican. “I had no idea.”


Martin said police interviewed her Tuesday morning.

She has been living in the apartment building for about five months and, for the past two, she said, she had seen Ball going to and from her red car, parked in the building’s lot, a few times.

Martin said she never spoke with her, though.

“She looked normal.”

Martin said the property is owned by Bob Decker, who lives in an apartment in the back of the building.


Philip Muha, 27, said that he had returned to his apartment in the building at about 11 a.m. Monday, when authorities first arrived.

“I originally thought it was a domestic dispute,” he said, adding that he was interviewed by police Monday.

“It’s a weird feeling,” he said of living in the building where someone was allegedly murdered. “It’s scary.”

Since moving in on Oct. 31, Muha said, it has been a quiet place to live.

“I’ve had no problems. No noise complaints or anything.”

Muha said he had never seen Ball or Wilbur.

Nason said he could not comment on whether police had previously responded to 19 Morris Way for any possible criminal activity.


Rick Motes, 41, of Saranac Lake said he was introduced to Ball through a mutual friend sometime last week at the Rusty Nail bar on Main Street in the village.

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