Trial date set for man accused of killing VSP Special Agent Michael Walter

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

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The man accused of killing Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael Walter appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Travis Ball’s preliminary hearing, which lasted roughly 20 minutes, set his motions hearing date and trial dates.

His motions hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10, 2017, at 1 p.m. His trial is set for Oct. 8-19, 2018, with no specific times set at this point.

According to Ball’s attorney, he waived his right to a speedy trial, stating that they need this amount of time considering death is on the table.

Travis Ball was arraigned on a capital murder charge last month.

Ball is also 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.

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.

Aaron Thomas will have a full report from the hearing on 8News at Noon.

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