Norfolk man charged in Delhi homicide

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A Norfolk County man has been charged with second-degree murder after a homicide late last month.

On Wednesday, police charged Robert Lee Ballard, 27, in connection with the death of Michael Shawn Murray, whose body was discovered at a King Street West address in Delhi on March 30.

Police at the time considered Murray’s death suspicious, and the results of an autopsy prompted the coroner to rule the death a homicide on April 3.

Murray was 54.

In an obituary posted online, Murray was remembered as a brother, uncle and nephew who “had a great love for hockey and spent many happy years playing (and) refereeing at the arena, forming lifelong friendships.”

“Michael was loved by all who knew him and was an incredibly kind, caring and gentle soul,” the tribute read. “Michael loved his family, friends, his many animals and his plants.”

After Murray’s death, Norfolk County OPP asked residents in the neighbourhood to check for any clothing or backpacks that had been discarded on their property.

When reached Thursday, acting Sgt. Ed Sanchuk declined to provide any more details about the investigation or the grounds for Ballard’s arrest.

It is unclear whether the victim and the accused knew each other.

Ballard was held in custody pending a court appearance.

J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator