Minnesota man accused of grotesque murder of his pregnant sister

A 23-year-old man killed and dismembered his pregnant sister last week in Lakeville, Minnesota, because he believed she was “no longer innocent,” authorities said.

Jack Joseph Ball is charged with two counts of second-degree murder for the killing of 30-year-old Bethany Israel and her unborn child, prosecutors said Tuesday.

“The allegations in this case are deeply disturbing and heinous – words cannot describe what our law enforcement partners encountered during the investigation,” Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena said in a news release.

A criminal complaint details how Israel disappeared after going to Ball’s home to have dinner with him last Thursday. Her family became concerned after she did not return home that evening, and a relative drove to Ball’s home, where they saw him flee the scene. The family member entered the home and called police after finding a “significant amount of blood,” the affidavit said.

Officers responding to the call discovered “bloody knives and several dismembered body parts” believed to be Israeli, the affidavit said. Another apparent body part was later found on a neighbor’s porch.

Ball was eventually found in the backyard of a nearby home, bloodied and apparently suffering from a self-inflicted wound to the neck, the complaint said. He was transported to a hospital for treatment.

According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, Israel’s death was determined to be the result of “complex homicidal violence.” She was somewhere between 17 and 18 weeks pregnant.

Investigators also found several magazines at Ball’s home. In one, Ball had written that he was furious that his sister had become pregnant because, according to police, this meant she was “no longer innocent.”

Ball remained hospitalized Tuesday and plans have been made to transfer him to the Dakota County Jail once he is medically cleared. His bail is set at $2 million without conditions and $1 million with conditions, according to online records. His next court date is set for June 10.

A GoFundMe has been started for the Israeli family, which raised more than $30,000 as of Wednesday.

“Bethany was not only a beloved wife, daughter, sister and mother-to-be, but also a beloved figure in the volleyball community,” the fundraising page reads. “Bethany’s radiant spirit and unwavering kindness touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing her.”

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