Police Arrest Suspect In Murder Of 6-Year-Old Boy

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Police arrested a central Kentucky man Friday in connection with the murder of a 6-year-old boy who was bludgeoned to death in his grandfather's garage.

Louis A. "Buck" Ballard, 48, of Paris was arrested shortly after a Bourbon County grand jury indicted him on charges of capital murder and sodomy in the death of Wesley Dylan Mullins of Winchester, Paris police chief Tim Gray said in a phone interview.

Ballard had been living with Mullins' grandfather when the boy was killed Aug. 4 from what an autopsy showed was blunt force trauma to the head. Ballard was interviewed by police and considered a suspect from the beginning, Gray said.

"We'd looked into other people and disqualified them as suspects," Gray said. "He had our attention (from) the first minute, but we had to put together our case."

Gray said U.S marshals assisted with the arrest and authorities had surveyed the Lexington home where Ballard was staying the past two days.

"We didn't want him to slip through the cracks," he said. "He was quite surprised when we came after him."

Gray said prosecutors had urged him not to discuss whether a murder weapon had been located or how much evidence was collected, but he said it was substantial.

Ballard was being held on a $500,000 cash bond in the Bourbon County Detention Center, Gray said.

Mullins' grandfather found the body in the garage behind his home on Aug. 5 and called paramedics. Police immediately obtained a search warrant to examine the home.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Jennifer Location: Madisonvile on Oct 13, 2008 at 08:53 PM
    I think the man who killed that little boy should have the same thing done to him but only 10 times worse. then he should b3e brought back to life to be put to death in the chair and by gas.
  • by Bryan Location: Frankfort on Sep 14, 2007 at 01:41 AM
    I know the majority of the officers at Paris and they are some of the best. Paris residents should be proud. Those that criticize are just ignorant and do not know what they are talking about. Try doing our job if you think you can. I know that all the officers there devoted 110% of their time to this case and worked it well. They left no stone unturned and will have a solid, no questions case when it goes to trial. There is a lot to a murder case and when investigating it you want to be slow and methodical to make sure you got all you need to get a conviction and not let a killer go free and in this case a murderer and child molester go free. I would go to work tomorrow for Chief Gray and the Paris PD and be proud! About the monster that did this: He will get what he deserves. My prayers do though go to the family of the little boy...just know that he is in a better place with God and will never be hurt again.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Lexington on Sep 11, 2007 at 06:50 AM
    Hmmm......well let's see....Ballard has a history of molesting children, so that leads us to believe he sodomized and murdered Wesley Mullins. I also believe that "Uncle Buck" molested Wesley long before he murdered him. I feel confident that the young boy's mother had noticed changes in his behavior. I'm sure there were several family members that had suspicions about Ballard, but they probably thought that "Uncle Buck" wouldn't do such a thing.....he was just a "good ole boy."
  • by Deeply Concerned Location: Paris on Sep 10, 2007 at 10:49 PM
    All you people are quick to judge this man and his family. But have you looked in your own back yard lately What happened to innocent til proven guilty You have condemed his entire family for something they could not have prevented, if he was the one that did this terible thing Your information about this family is not very accurate Don't you think you should have your facts together before you accuse And how do you know that he did it was you there And this grandfather isn't his past just as horifying as Ballards If you are going to do your home work then do it right accuse ALL GUILTY parties Come on people was he really passed out Did he really not know what was going on Could one person have done such a horrible crime in the same house without being heard Think about it point the finger where it should be pointed And brutally beating Ballard the way the police did was uncalled for No man is an island But two wrongs don't make it right Let the courts do their job Your not the judge!!!
  • by someone who deals with pairs police daily Location: winchester on Sep 10, 2007 at 01:29 PM
    THE PARIS POLICE DEPT. IS ONE OF THE BEST DEPT AROUND I WORK IN LEXINGTON FOR ALONG TIME AND I HAD TO DEAL WITH METRO CHEIF GRAY IS ONE OF THE NICE MEN YOU WILL EVERY MEET. YOU DONT SEE CHEIF BEATTY IN A GARAGE DIGGING FOR CLUES TO A MURDER NOW TO DO. GREAT JOB ON THE ARREST.
  • by Christy on Sep 9, 2007 at 10:31 PM
    All i want to say is the sick freak that did this deserves to die the same way he killed that little boy. why was this sick freak allowed to live so close to a school? And i hope the inmates catch his a** and beat the living hell out of him. One last thing, why would the mom put this child in this situation if she knew what was going on this house?
  • by loretta Location: wolfe on Sep 5, 2007 at 11:23 AM
    i'm so sorry 2 hear that it was so sad
  • by Pat on Sep 5, 2007 at 11:21 AM
    maybe I'm an ignorant a**hole too but birds of a feather flock together and these men lived together so mom knew there was heavy drinking and drugs in the house. their all to blame hopefully they'll take better care of the other kids now but I doubt it. and i don't care what nasty things you call me i still know that this whole family let that little boy die and it makes me sick to see them talking about how he was their whole life but where were they??????
  • by Savannah Location: Paris on Sep 5, 2007 at 09:43 AM
    Where was the family when this little boy needed them more than ever? He was left in the care of a grandfather that didn't report him missing until hours later. Wesley was only six years old, he needed to be protected and there was no one there to keep him safe. He died a violent death and who is to blame? Every person that knew of this rapist and killer's background, they are to blame.
  • by mel Location: lex on Sep 5, 2007 at 09:06 AM
    Agree, I'm sorry for anyone to have learned the lesson the hard way but too many children are being left indisciminately in the care of people with known substance abuse problems and criminal records, and then there's this huge surprise when they find the kid beaten to death. Responsibility for your children begins with YOU. This wasn't a one time visitation by either the child or the killer. Wesley was left there often on weekends and this man lived there for 3 years. People from Paris have been talking about this family for years - why didn't his roommate or any of the family know what they all knew?

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