North Texas man charged with killing wife, 87

Gavel - KXAN File
Gavel - KXAN File

CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) — A North Texas man has been charged in the death of his 87-year-old wife whose body was found in their Cleburne home.

A judge on Tuesday set bond at $1 million for 83-year-old Samuel Alfred Ball. Officials with the Johnson County jail on Wednesday declined to release any information on Ball, who was arrested on a murder count.

Sheriff Bob Alford says Ball has been charged in the death of his wife, Betty.

Cleburne police on Monday received a call from another individual about a possible death at the Ball home. An affidavit says an officer who went to the residence found the woman’s body wrapped in a blanket.

A medical examiner Wednesday did not immediately provide information on a cause of death.

Police declined to release a possible motive. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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