Suspect in shooting death of Special Agent Walter arraigned on capital murder charge

Photo: United Communities Against Crime

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The suspect in the shooting death of Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael Walter was arraigned on a capital murder charge Thursday morning.

Travis Ball, 27, was indicted Wednesday in Richmond Circuit Court.

Ball was appointed Cary Bowen for defense attorney but he could decide to hire his own attorney.

Ball is still charged with one count of malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Travis A. Ball is accused of shooting and killing Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael Walter. Image courtesy of Richmond City Jail/Richmond Sheriff’s Office

State Police believe Ball shot Special Agent Walter during a traffic incident in Mosby Court back in May. Ball fled the scene and was arrested after an overnight manhunt.

Walter was rushed to the hospital where he later died of his injuries. He leaves behind his wife and three children. Walter was also known in the Powhatan community as a wrestling coach dedicated to bettering the lives of local kids.

If convicted, Ball could face the death penalty.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring said in an interview after the hearing to stay patient as the case moves forward. He said it could take several months before the case heads to trial.

This is the second capital murder case in Virginia since Ricky Gray.

Travis Ball has two court dates in the coming weeks: One on July 5 and another July 13.

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