It's a case that has enraged a community. Friday police arrested Lewis Buck Ballard
for the murder of six year old Wesley Mullins. Now his mother says she'll continue to push for justice.
Paris police found the little boy's body nearly a month ago and following the arrest of Ballard
, the child's mother Stephanie Moore says she finally has some peace of mind."I've been keeping my phone by me, haven't slept, haven't been able to eat. Just waiting for that phone call," said Moore.
was arrested Friday at his brother's Lexington home and indicted for murder and sodomy. According to the the indictment Ballard
, who lived with Mullins' grandfather, struck the boy in the head repeatedly with a blunt object, inside his grandfather's garage. The indictment also reveals that he engaged in sexual intercourse with the six-year-old. Crushing new details for Mullins' uncle. "You can't be human and be a person like that, that's an evil, evil person. That's the devil inside that man," said James Snelling.
's arrest also signaled a sense of accomplishment for Paris police who have been working night and day for weeks. "We are not done by any means, we're happy because we know he's not breathing our free air after what he did to that boy. He's where he needs to be, but we won't let up now, we keep going," said Chief Tim Gray. However, Chief Gray does not expect to make any more arrests.
The nature of the crime makes Ballard
eligible for the death penalty if he's convicted. A possibility that Stephanie embraces. "He's taken something from me I'll never get back, so I'm not going to stop until he suffers," said Moore.
LEX 18 News has also learned more about Ballard's criminal past, including disturbing allegations, several convictions and even details about the rape of a 12-year old girl. In 1989 Ballard pled guilty to raping the daughter of a woman he was living with, at the same house where Mulllin's grandfather now lives.
was sentenced to eight years for the crime, but was never put on the sex offender registry because it wasn't created until 1994. With the help of someone close to Ballard, we found that at least three of Ballard's brothers have also committed sex crimes.
Brothers Travis and Melvin are on the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry for rape, sexual abuse and sodomy.