Lakeville man charged with 2 counts of second degree murder

Officials said they found Jack Joseph Ball’s journals in which he wrote that he was angry that his 30-year-old sister was pregnant and “no longer innocent.”

LAKEVILLE, Minn. – A 23-year-old Lakeville man is charged with two counts of second-degree murder after a woman and her unborn child were found dead Thursday evening.

The Dakota County prosecutor filed charges against Jack Joseph Ball on Tuesday.

According to a press release, family members became concerned about the well-being of 30-year-old Bethany Ann Israel after they did not hear from her on May 23 after having dinner with her brother.

According to officials, a family member drove to her home and saw her brother Ball quickly leaving the scene. Officials said a family member entered the home, saw a “significant” amount of blood and called police.

According to the complaint, when Lakeville police arrived at the home near 172nd Street and Encina Path around 11 p.m., they found a large pool of blood on the kitchen floor under the sink and in the cabinet under the sink. Officers said they found a bloody saw, an ax and large bloody knives. As they walked through the home, officers said they saw a knife lying on the living room floor near the stairs leading to the second floor. During the search, police found several dismembered body parts that they believed belonged to Israel.

While police were searching for Ball in Rosemount, officers said a Rosemount resident called 911 to report seeing a man on a security camera apparently placing a body part on the front step of the home.

When officers responded, they said Ball was found bleeding in the yard of a neighboring home and taken into custody. Officials said Ball suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his neck and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

During an on-site investigation, officers found journals and other documents belonging to Ball in which he wrote that he was angry that Israel was pregnant and “was no longer innocent,” according to court documents.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Israel’s cause of death a complex homicide. Officials said she was 17 to 18 weeks pregnant.

“The allegations in this case are deeply disturbing and horrific – words cannot describe what our law enforcement partners faced during their investigation,” said Dakota County Prosecutor Kathy Keena. “My office will make every effort to ensure justice for the victims and will provide necessary support to the victims’ family.”

Ball’s bail was set at $2 million with no conditions or $1 million with conditions set by Judge Bryce Ehrman. After receiving a positive medical report, Ball will be transported to the Dakota County Jail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 10.

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