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Published May 12, 2011, 04:40 PM

Convicted Minot Murderer Suffocated Himself in Jail

An autopsy report concludes the convicted murdered found dead in his cell at the Chippewa County Jail suffocated himself.

By: Associated Press,

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — An autopsy report concludes the convicted murdered found dead in his cell at the Chippewa County Jail suffocated himself.

Coroner Ron Patten concluded William Andru Ball's death April 17 was the result of asphyxiation and that the death was a suicide.

The Minot, N.D., man had been convicted of fatally shooting Kyle Ryba and wounding his estranged wife, Stephanie Ball, less than two weeks before he was found dead. Authorities say Ball was found under his blanket with a plastic bag over his head. Toxicology tests detected no drugs.

The 22-year-old Ball was convicted April 6 of fatally shooting Ryba and his estranged wife at her father's home in Boyd last April. Prosecutors say jealousy motivated Ball to open fire.

The Chippewa Herald reports (http://bit.ly/jQVKHO ) the bag obtained by Ball was used for trash collection in the jail.

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