Murder suspect arrested in Elfrida death

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Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 12:00 am

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Sunizona man following the discovery of a man near an Elfrida ranch.

On Saturday October 16, approximately 10:45 am, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a body located near Kuykendall Ranch northeast of Elfrida.  Deputies arrived on scene and located the body of a male subject later identified as 50 year old James W Green on Sunizona.

The subject suffered major head trauma and was wrapped in a comforter. The information developed indicates that this body was dumped in the area between 8:00 am and 10:00 am. 

The  body has been transported to the Cochise County Medical Examiners Office for the completion of an autopsy to determine exact cause of death.

   Investigators  arrested 37 year old Roy B Ballard, also of Sunizona, and the cousin of the victim Green.  Ballard is being charged on First Degree Murder and being held in the Cochise County Jail on a $1 million  bond.

Additional information related to this investigation is pending the autopsy results. This case remains under investigation as a homicide.


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