Wayne County man pleads not guilty to murder of elderly Orrville resident

Wayne County man pleads not guilty to murder of elderly Orrville resident

WOOSTER, Ohio (WOIO) - A 54-year-old man pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in Wayne County Common Pleas Court to murdering Edwin “Shorty” Eberle, 81.

Ricky Ball was indicted on the charges of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and theft.

Charged in the murder of an 81-year-old Orrville man.
Charged in the murder of an 81-year-old Orrville man. (Source: Orrville police)

Orrville police said Eberle’s body was found inside a home in the 600 block of West Market Street on Oct. 12, a day after family members reported him missing.

On Oct. 13, U.S. Marshals arrested Ball on a passenger bus on I-80 heading to Toledo.

“This is a heinous murder of an 81 year old member of a quiet law abiding community. As the entire Orrville community mourns, we are committed to bringing justice to the victim’s family," said U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott.

Orrville police find missing 81-year-old dead in homicide
Orrville police find missing 81-year-old dead in homicide (Source: Orrville Police)

Ball continues to be held on a $1 million bond and will have a pre-trial in November.

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