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Romeoville man seeks to withdraw second-degree murder guilty plea

Adam Ballard, 20, Romeoville
Adam Ballard, 20, Romeoville

A 20-year-old man convicted of fatally striking a man in the head with a baseball bat is seeking to have his guilty plea to second-degree murder withdrawn so his case can go to trial.

The first-degree murder case against Adam Ballard of Romeoville went to a bench trial March 11. Adam Ballard and his father, Mark Ballard, 47, were both arrested in connection with the death of 55-year-old Richard Pollack, who was beaten with a baseball bat in August 2014.

Adam Ballard pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on the second day of his trial. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison. His father’s case still is pending in court.

On April 10, Adam Ballard’s attorney, Paul Napolski filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea and vacate the judgment against him.

Napolski argued Adam Ballard contends there is “doubt as to his guilt,” that he has a “meritorious defense” and the “ends of justice will be better served by submitting the case to trial.”

Napolski didn’t respond to calls Wednesday.

The next court date in the case has been scheduled for Thursday.

Both Adam Ballard and his father were charged with using a baseball bat while fighting with Pollack during a 2 a.m. street brawl in the 400 block of Tallman Avenue.

Adam Ballard, who was 15 at the time of the incident, claimed he struck Pollack in self defense.

Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey said several combatants were armed with baseball bats during the 2014 street brawl.

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