A Minnesota man killed and dismembered his pregnant sister, according to charges

LAKEVILLE, Minn. — A 23-year-old man is accused of killing and dismembering his pregnant sister in Lakeville last week, according to Dakota County officials.

Jack Joseph Ball of Lakeville faces two counts of second-degree murder in the death of his sister – identified by officials as Bethany Israel, 30, of Bloomington – and her unborn child last Thursday evening.

“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 without conditions and $1 million with conditions. Officials say once a positive medical report is obtained, Ball will be transferred to the Dakota County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 10 in Hastings.

Second-degree murder is punishable by a maximum of 40 years in prison.

Complaint details: ‘Deeply disturbing and horrific’ crime scene

According to the complaint, Israel’s family members became concerned that she did not return home after having dinner with her brother at the Lakeville residence. So one of them drove to the residence and observed Ball quickly leaving the scene.

When a family member entered the house, he saw, among other things: “a significant amount of blood” and called the police. Responding officers found “bloody knives and several dismembered body parts” that they believed came from Israel, the complaint says.

Police say an alarm was raised regarding Ball’s vehicle, which was located in Rosemount a short time later.

The complaint states that officers while searching for Ball, a Rosemount resident, used a home surveillance camera to observe a man placing “what appeared to be a body part” on their front step. After a short search, Ball was found in the yard of a neighboring house.

The complaint says Ball had a wound to his neck that appeared to be self-inflicted. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled Israel’s death was the result of “complex homicidal violence.” Israel was confirmed to be 17-18 weeks pregnant.

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