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Port Huron man accused of killing wife, kidnapping son returns to court

Douglas Ball accused of killing Lydia Ball

PORT HURON, Mich. – A Port Huron man was bound over for trial Friday for the murder of his wife.

Douglas Ball is accused of killing his wife and kidnapping his son, prompting an Amber Alert in mid-August

Lydia Ball wasn't seen for three days. Her mother tearfully testified about the gruesome discovery of her daughter's body.

"I looked to the left and I saw her feet," she said. "And I yelled, 'Oh, my God, I found her. She's dead in the basement.'"

Lydia's ankles and wrists showed signs of being bound. A plastic bag covered her battered head. Her clothing was covered in bleach.

Lydia's mother told the court that her son-in-law was behaving in an unusual fashion two days earlier.

"He was in the kitchen cleaning like a maniac," she said.

Lydia's mother received texts from her phone throughout the day. She believes that the accused killer was sending the messages.

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"Every time I got a text, he would go upstairs," she said.

After Lydia's body was discovered, an Amber Alert was issued for the couple's 5-year-old son and for Ball. He and the boy were discovered at his estranged mother's home in Orion Township.

The medical examiner testified that Lydia was struck 14 times in the head, causing a skull fracture that likely ended her life. He examined a handmade mallet found in the home.

You can see Guy Gordon's full story in the video posted above.