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More delays on high profile cases; Ball free again

Two high profile cases which were before the June term Lamar County grand jury are on the carry forward list and will be taken up by the September term grand jury if ready for presentation. Three indictments were handed down, however, in the case of a teenage overdose victim whose body was abandoned by friends. The cases against alleged serial arsonist Travis Ball were carried forward. Ball subsequently sought bond and it was granted. He is free on a $20,000 cash bond which he posted Wednesday. The hit and run and related cases against Thomas Edward Lenhart III was also carried forward. Indications are further DNA test results are needed in that case. Lenhart is charged with first degree vehicular homicide, hit and run and failure to maintain lane in connection with the death of Thomas Norman Anderson. Anderson was found dead along the railroad tracks near T.J. Outfitters on Hwy. 36 West early in the morning on March 2, 2012. Lenhart is free on a $25,000 bond. Indictments were returned in the overdose case which unfolded after 19-year-old Ryan Lovick was found dead in his home in January. He died after smoking marijuana and ingesting alcohol and methadone. The grand jury returned indictments against three young people who were allegedly in the home at the time Lovick died. Jessica Amanda Casteel, Katherine Noell Nordan and Elbert Tyler Horton were each indicted with one count of abandonment of a dead body. Their cases will be included on the next arraignment calendar.

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