Crime

Jury deliberations to start in Pa. quad slaying

Monday, May 09, 2011
Michael Ballard

A jury must determine the fate of a Pennsylvania man who admitted fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and three other people last summer.

Deliberations are beginning Monday in the quadruple murder case against 37-year-old Michael Eric Ballard.

Ballard pleaded guilty last month in the grisly June 26 rampage that killed 39-year-old Denise Merhi, her father, grandfather and a neighbor in Northampton.

Prosecutors say Ballard killed Merhi because she was involved with another man. At the time of the killings Ballard was on parole for a 1991 murder in which he slit a man's throat and stole his car.

Ballard said in a letter to The Morning Call of Allentown he hopes jurors will give him credit for taking responsibility for the slayings.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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