Death row inmate convicted in 1994 Beaufort Co. murder dies

Terry Ball (NC Department of Public Safety photo)

RALEIGH - An inmate on death row for a 1994 murder in Beaufort County has died.

N.C. Department of Public Safety spokesperson Jerry Higgins said Terry Ball, 59, died of natural causes at Central Prison. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1994 first-degree murder of Laura Krantz. He was also convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, two counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree burglary.

Ball visited the home of Washington Rev. Tony Krantz asking for money. He later stabbed Krantz before his wife was stabbed multiple times after she awoke to the commotion.

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