Douglas Ball Jr., 39, was found guilty on first-degree murder and torture charges in the death of his wife, Lydia Ball, whose body was found mangled in Douglas’s basement.
Authorities said that Ball used an 8-pound hammer to kill his wife, who was last seen alive Aug. 18. He then fled the scene, taking the couple’s 5-year-old son with him.
“I ask you to think about how much time and effort it would take, how much time and effort it took to kill Lydia Ball,” said prosecutor Jennifer Deegan in her closing argument, The Times Herald reported. “Fourteen blows, 14 times all over her head.”
Ball was found the day following the discovery of Lydia’s body.
He could potentially receive life in prison for the conviction.
“I wonder how can my dad, as the man I knew, kill her,” said Kaitlyn Hendrickson, Ball’s daughter and Lydia’s step-daughter, in a Facebook post. “I wonder why she is gone and why he did it.”
[Image: Port Huron Police Department]
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