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Suspected child molester slain in Cabarrus County

Posted January 3, 2010

— The Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office says that a man charged with murder sought revenge on a man suspected of molesting a child.

WBTV, a CBS affiliate in Charlotte, reports that Christopher Michael Hartsell, 32, shot and killed William Lee Ballance, 47, in his residence in a small mobile home park early Friday.

Neighbors told WBTV that Hartsell had lived with Ballance, a convicted sex offender, until about a week ago. Around the same time that Hartsell moved out, rumors started that Ballance had recently molested a child.

On Thursday, the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office issued warrants for Ballance's arrest on sex-related charges, including first-degree rape of a child. Ballance was slain before they could be served.

More details of the case aren't being reported to protect the victim's identity.

Hartsell was being held in the Cabarrus County Jail Saturday without bond.

Ballance was sentenced to 20 months' probation for a 1998 conviction for taking indecent liberties with a minor in Guilford County, according to state Department of Correction records. DOC records show he also got probation in 2007 for possession of a firearm by a felon.


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  • Bob3425 Jan 5, 2010

    I believe in was a accidental shooting, let him go.

  • ccacrabbitdog Jan 4, 2010

    1st he should b out on a $100.00 bond unsecured.........yes.....2nd..for u criticizing him for living with him...helloe maybe he didn't know!!!!!!!!!! he was a roommate and we don't know for how long.......

  • bnice1984 Jan 4, 2010

    RaceCard Balker: exactly

  • Bartmeister Jan 4, 2010

    Ahhhhhh, next story please. This one has a happy ending.

  • FromClayton Jan 4, 2010

    i'm still sad about all those babies killed in train vs. suv accidents...this doesnt bother me so much.

  • alwaysconcernedmom Jan 4, 2010

    Woohoo! Pat that man on the back and tell him thank you.

  • timothycapwell Jan 4, 2010

    All you people touting the "justice system" and the rule of law aren't the same ones that look the other way about illegal immigrants, are ya?

  • justiceforall Jan 4, 2010

    Thank you for saving me some tax dollars, so that I can pay for Obamacare.

  • blondectryrose Jan 4, 2010

    justice served id say!! Dont understand why he was living with the offender in the first place ecspecially with a child. If that had happened to my child i would have done the same and then some!

  • librarylady Jan 4, 2010

    One of the Triad TV stations said that the child was Hartsell's.