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Kentucky State Police quiet on Tommy Ballard death investigation, but confident in solving case

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NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – Was it murder or an accident? Weeks after Tommy Ballard's death, we got an update from Kentucky State Police.

KSP says its silence on the case does not mean they aren't working on it. Instead, they say they’ve been investigating it every day and still make visits to the crime scene.

On Nov. 19, Tommy Ballard was shot in the chest on family property before hunting with family. The shooter has yet to be identified.

“We've had several detectives who have been working on it every day and looking at different angles and checking on different information, tips that have come in,” Trooper Jeff Gregory told WDRB News.

The field where he was killed now sits in silence. It's a similar silence the Nelson County Community hears when it comes to the investigation. But contrary to public opinion, Trooper Gregory says KSP is working diligently behind the scenes.

“If we give our whole case away, what our evidence is, what our statements are from witnesses or anybody else that may have information -- when people do come forward to us and we don't know what they know -- if we haven't released anything, and they tell us stuff that's pertinent to the case, then we know that we're on to something,” Trooper Gregory said.

Much of that information includes the bullet casing, the gun used, the direction of the shot fired, the people who have been interviewed and much more.

Although the case is currently being called a death investigation, it isn’t set in stone.

“It doesn't mean we can't change that title later. It's still getting investigated like if it were a murder investigation or homicide investigation,” Trooper Gregory said.

Sherry Ballard, Tommy's wife, believes her husband's death was not an accident. She says the person responsible for killing Tommy is the same person behind the disappearance of their daughter, Crystal Rogers.

“I've felt from day one that someone watched him," she said Thursday. "He told several people that someone was following him."

Trooper Gregory says it could become a homicide case when results come back from different tests they're running. He says it's just a matter of time, and he's positive they will solve who shot Tommy Ballard.

“All I can tell you is we have some of the best investigators that I have ever worked with in my 20 years of law enforcement working on it,” he said. “I feel confident that we will be able to bring it to closure, and I just don't know when.”

Trooper Gregory adds hunting accidents are very uncommon. It's even more uncommon to be shot in the chest in a hunting accident.

If you have any information in this case you're asked to call Kentucky State Police at (270)-766-5078.

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