"We know that something horrible happened on November 25th. We believe we understand some of the dynamics of it," said Derek Champagne, the Franklin County District Attorney.
Angela Ball, 29, is being charged with the assault and murder of Ward Wilbur, 65. At her arraignment Friday, Ball pleaded not guilty to both charges and her attorney requested she be set free on bail. But the judge denied that.
"If someone's facing 25 to life, it's my position and I believe the court validated that today that's a significant factor to be considered on bail. And someone clearly could be a risk of flight when they're looking at spending the rest of their natural life in prison," Champagne said.
Champagne says the probability of conviction for Angela Ball is very high. The defense has 30 days to decide if they will file for a psychiatric evaluation.
"I don't believe my client is guilty," said Thomas Soucia, Ball's lawyer. "At this point we have to look at different options regarding her defense."
Ball described to police what she says happened on November 25th. Some statements she made were:
"I was attacked."
"He was my lover"
"I hit him with a baseball bat"
"I stabbed him and he's inside"
"I think I killed him"
And Ball claims she killed Wilbur in self-defense.
"Next step is to gather more evidence, which we are still doing, and then taking and filing appropriate motions," Soucia said.
A pretrial hearing for Ball is set for Jan. 28 at Franklin County Court. If convicted, Ball could face life in prison.
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