Just a few weeks before winning the election that would make him premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Dwight Ball looked at a photo released by police of a murder suspect and saw a startling detail. The suspect appeared to be wearing a black windbreaker that Ball had once owned, until it was taken by a man his daughter was dating. Ball was then leader of the Official Opposition and preparing for the biggest political moment of his life. It all centres around a St. John s hotel bar robbery gone wrong, when a 68-year-old man who tried to intervene was shot in the groin and died of blood loss. 85 election. Ball s role in the investigation is outlined in search warrant documents that were shielded from publication until a court released them on Tuesday. Earlier this month, after Ball learned the local CBC station had gained access to the documents and was preparing to publish, he asked the court to order a publication ban.
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The documents had already been kept under seal while the trial took place, and on Dec. 9 a judge granted an interim injunction for a publication ban until a full hearing could be held. Tuesday s decision unsealed a portion of the documents, and a decision on the rest will be made on Feb. 67. My daughter is an innocent person in all of this, Ball told the Canadian Press.
When I made the decision to go forward with this information it s because I felt it was the right thing to do as a citizen, as a resident in this province. I would do the same thing again. Ball told investigators on Oct. Mr. Ball said at that point Jade and Brandon had a very serious drug problem particularly opiates, says the document, an Information to Obtain a search warrant.
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Mr. Ball paid all outstanding bills they (Jade and Brandon) had. Mr. Ball s concern was to make them safe. Jade Ball has not been charged with a crime.
But the unsealed documents show just how turbulent Ball s life was in the lead-up to the shooting a time when he was the leader of Liberals and gearing up for a provincial election campaign. Jade Ball had also spoken to the police over the escalating threats. Ms. Ball states since the harassment has started, the persons responsible have now been harassing her father for the money, and at one point, bought a car using her father s stolen credit card number, according to the documents. The botched robbery occurred at the Captain s Quarters Hotel in downtown St.
John s shortly before midnight on Oct. Larry Wellman, a former firefighter, had been sitting in the bar at a video lottery terminal when a masked robber burst in with a shotgun. Despite efforts by his wife to stop him, Wellman confronted the robber and attempted to knock him down with a wooden table. The robber shot Wellman in the groin and fled. An ambulance rushed Wellman to the hospital, but he was bleeding profusely and was soon dead.
A toque with eye-holes cut out that had been dropped near the hotel had also been recovered. On Dec.