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  1. #1
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    Jul 2004

    AL - Six Ball family members murdered at Crenshaw County farm, 23 Aug 2002

    Westley Devon Harris reinforced months of manipulating and tormenting his girlfriend by gunning down six members of her family, prosecutors said Tuesday - but the defense argued that Harris' girlfriend, Janice Ball, wanted her family dead.

    "She'll tell you this - that she would do anything to be away from that family," Harris' attorney, Steve Townes, told the jury in opening arguments at his capital murder retrial. The defense argues that Ball was angry about what she has described as sexual abuse by her father and a brother.

    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?

    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Apr 2013
    From December 2007:


    Westly Devone Harris was convicted of two counts of murder made capital for the killings of Mila Ruth Ball and John Ball because the killings occurred during the course of a burglary... two additional counts of murder made capital for the deaths of Joanne Ball and Tony Ball because the killings occurred during the course of a burglary;  and one count of murder made capital because the six victims in this case - Mila Ruth Ball, Willie Haslip, Joanne Ball, Jerry Ball, Tony Ball and John Ball - were killed pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct...

    After the penalty phase of the trial, the jury recommended by a vote of seven to five that Harris be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole... A sentencing hearing was held, after which the trial court overrode the jury's recommendation and sentenced Harris to death...

    Mila Ruth Ball, 65, was the matriarch of a family that lived on a farm in Moody's Crossroads in Crenshaw County. Her daughter, Joanne, 35, was married to Willie Haslip, 40;  they lived in a trailer on the farm with their three sons, Jerry Ball, 19, Tony Ball, 17, and John Ball, 14. Joanne and Willie also had a daughter, Janice Ball, 16, who lived with her grandmother Mila Ruth in the house at the farm. Janice was 14 years old when she met then-19-year-old Harris. Three months after the two met, Janice became pregnant, and the two had a daughter...

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