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Springfield Man Charged With Murder in Polk County Shooting

BOLIVAR, Mo. – A 53-year-old Springfield man has been charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the shooting death of his daughter’s fiancé.
BOLIVAR, Mo. – A 53-year-old Springfield man has been charged with first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the fatal shooting of his daughter’s fiancé.

A probable cause statement filed in the case against Steven W. Ball states that Ball shot and killed Daniel Houston outside a home in the 3400 block of South 30th Road in Humansville, where Houston and Ball’s daughter, Kristy, lived.

According to the statement, Steven Ball heard his daughter and Houston fighting while talking on the phone with his grandson and came to the house.

Houston and Ball began “mouthing” at each other, Kristy Ball told investigators, and Houston pushed past her to get outside where her father was sitting in his vehicle.

After Houston allegedly pushed Kristy Ball, Steven Ball threatened Houston, stating that if her pushed her again, he would shoot him.

Kristy Ball told investigators Houston pushed past her and began to approach her father, who was still in his vehicle.  Kristy went on to say she was holding on to Houston and her father told her to get out of the way. Kristy says Houston threw her off of him and, while she was on the ground, she heard two gunshots.

According to the probable cause statement, two 16-year-old relatives were at the house at the time of the shooting and witnessed the shooting.

According to one of the juveniles, before the shooting, Houston punched Ball's windshield twice and cracked it.  One of the juveniles said that he saw Ball was getting ready to shoot Houston and tried to pull him out of the way.

During an interview with police, a detective noted several holes in the bottom of one of the juvenile's shirt, which appeared to have been caused by buckshot.

When deputies arrived to the house, they found Houston’s body in the driveway.

Steven Ball admitted to investigators that he had shot Houston, the statement says.

He was arrested and is in custody in the Polk County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Ball faces charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, which stems from Ball firing a gun in proximity to the juveniles at the scene.
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