SANDRA SUE BALL MURDER
questions AKRON, Ohio (AP)—The Summit County coroner says the July 17 deaths of former gogo dancer Sandra Sue Ball and realtor-insurance agent Jay Gaines may not have been what they appeared at the time. The coroner. Dr. A. H. Kyriakides, ruled Thursday Mrs. Ball’s death was a homicide but said Gaines may not have killed himself as first reported. Both bodies were found in the bedroom of the Gaines home in southern Summit County. An apparent suicide note and a .38-caliber revolver were found also. Sheriff’s investigators said at first the deaths appeared to be a case of murder and suicide. Mrs. Ball, 31, was shot once in the back. The 38-year-old Gaines was shot twice in the chest. Kyriakides said he was unable to determine definitely whether Gaines killed himself or was killed by someone else. There was no powder residue on the man’s hands and without this evidence, "I’m hard put to say he killed himself,” Dr. Kyriakides said. As for the note he said it described financial difficulties, blaming them on Mrs. Bell but added that the note “doesn’t mean that much. He might have written it a month before. I don’t know when he wrote it,” the coroner said. Gaines’ estate was listed in Probate Court records at about $100,(X)0.