Mugivan Ballard Reference 4-22-1982
Charges Filed In Peru Shooting; Suspect Remains Hospitalized PERU — A murder charge against Charles Ballard was formally filed Wednesday afternoon in the shooting death of his wife. Alicia. No arraignment date has been set in the matter. Miami County Pro'secutor James Grund indicated that Ballard's health will be a key factor in setting a court date. Ballard. who has reportedly been partially bedridden for some time, is currently in Dukes Hospital. Officials refused Thursday to disclose his condition, and no arrest has been made. Grund said that he would consult with Ballard's doctor before ordering an arrest. He said Wednesday that a decision about posting a guard at Ballard's hospital room would be left to police. Mrs. Ballard was found shot to death Tuesday in the Ballards' home southeast of Peru. The family is believed to one of the wealthiest in Miami County.. The case was filed in Miami Circuit Court, in which Judge T. Michael Smith presides. The Ballards' maid, the only person at the home besides the couple at the time of the shooting, reportedly heard Ballard admit to the shooting, court ^ mHiVnf/* nrun.-i trv|H i TITVCC onnfArAnpp Wednesday that Ballard had made a statement about the shooting. Mrs. Ballard, long considered a civic leader in Paru, was deeply involved with the Ole Olsen Theatre group in Peru. The family for years has been associated with the Northwood Institute in southern Indiana and the West Baden Hotel, formerly a retreat for prominent people. Ballard's father purchased the hotel in 1916, and it was later donated to the Northwood Institute The elder Ballard died of gunshot wounds in 1936 in Hot Springs, Ark. The family was also associated with the circus, as the elder Ballard joined Bert Bowers and Jerry Mugivan in 1919 to form the American Circus Corporation. One of the largest circuses of its day, the huge collection of animals owned by the circus was headquartered during the winter in Miami County The circus also had winter quarters in French Lick and West Baden. The American Circus Corporation eventually sold out to Ringling Brothers in 1929.