Heavily guarded Travis Ball visits court

LANCASTER—The man charged with shooting and killing a Virginia State Police (VSP) special agent in Richmond last May was in Lancaster County Circuit Court Friday, July 21, to face probation violations stemming from other convictions locally.

Travis Aaron Ball, 27, of Weems was transported from Richmond to Lancaster with an escort of five U.S. marshals, four VSP officers and a VSP special agent. According to police, the high level of security was a precaution to a potential response by Ball’s Richmond gang, the Bloods.

Ball was indicted June 28 in Richmond Circuit Court of the capital murder of VSP special agent Michael Walter. The accused’s criminal file also shows multiple assault and battery charges including a conviction in 2013 and allegations in 2016, both by mothers of his children, obstruction of justice, destruction of property, unauthorized use of a vehicle and animal cruelty. Most of his convictions were in Lancaster County Circuit Court.

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