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Crime & Courts

Father, son charged with first degree murder in connection with Romeoville man's death

ROMEOVILLE – A 42-year-old man and his teenage son have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 55-year-old Romeoville man.

Richard Pollack, 55, of Romeoville, was pronounced dead at 3:05 a.m. Sunday at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and “appears to be the victim of a homicide,” a deputy coroner reported.

Mark Ballard, 42, is charged with one count of first-degree murder for striking Pollack in the head with a bat, said Will County State's Attorney spokesman Charles Pelkie.

Ballard's son, 15-year-old Adam Ballard, was charged with first-degree murder as an adult in addition to two counts of juvenile aggravated battery.

Mark Ballard is being held on $5 million bond and Adam Ballard is being held on $1 million bond, Pelkie said.

About 2 a.m. Sunday, Romeoville police responded to a call of a large fight in progress on the 400 block of Tallman Avenue.

“Several of the participants were armed with baseball bats,” Chief Mark Turvey said.

Officers arrived to find Pollack seriously injured. He was transported to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:05 a.m.

Mark and Adam Ballard were located in the area and taken into custody, Turvey said.

Turvey said the reason behind the fight remained under investigation.

A news release sent Sunday from the department states police “want[ed] to reassure the public that there is no public safety risk due to this incident. The case is an isolated incident.”

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