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Jury selection underway in Ball murder trial

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James Ball's trial on first-degree murder charges is underway in Camden Superior Court.

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By William F. West
Staff Writer

Monday, July 17, 2017

CAMDEN – Jury selection got underway today in the first-degree murder trial of a Dare County man accused in the fatal shooting of his uncle at his Camden home more than two years ago.

James Daniel Ball, 36, of Manteo, is being tried for murder in Camden Superior Court for the death of William Gerald “Billy” Ball of Shiloh in April 2015.

James Ball pleaded not guilty today to first-degree murder in the case

After questioning potential jurors earlier today, District Attorney Andrew Womble told presiding Judge Jerry Tillett the state is satisfied with the current panel.

Ball’s defense attorney Jack Warmack was set to question the jurors this afternoon to determine which of them serves on the final panel.

If both sides agree on the jury, opening arguments in the case could begin later today.

Prosecutors allege Ball shot and killed his uncle, Billy Ball, while staying with him at his residence in the 900 block of Avery Drive the night of April 21, 2015. 

Authorities found Billy Ball’s body after receiving a report from his residence the morning of April 22, 2015, that a possible suicide was in progress.

According to court documents, James Ball became a suspect in his uncle’s death after investigators said they found inconsistencies in his statements and an autopsy report determined Billy Ball’s gunshot wound couldn’t have been self-inflicted.

A warrant for James Ball’s arrest was issued but couldn’t immediately be served because Ball left Camden and traveled to Canada, where his parents live. Ball was arrested at the Canadian border. He was extradited back to Camden in October 2015. Since then, he has been held at Albemarle District Jail in lieu of $1 million secured bond.

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