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Port Huron — A judge has set bond at $1 million for a Michigan man accused of killing his wife.

The Times Herald reported Monday that St. Clair County Judge Michael West also set a Jan. 12 trial for 39-year-old Douglas Ball Jr., who is charged with murder and torture in the death of his wife, 30-year-old Lydia Ball.

Authorities said she was found struck 14 times in the head. Douglas Ball Jr. had been in the county jail without bond. He was arrested Aug. 21.

St. Clair County prosecutors argued high bond was necessary. They called Ball a flight risk. However, Ball’s defense attorney Sharon Parrish argued $1 million was unreasonable and instead requested a $50,000 bond. The judge agreed with prosecutors, who said Ball failed to report to court for prior offenses.

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