Joel Marchand found guilty in beating death of Chris Ball

Marchand’s Lawyer Richard C. Gibbs, confirmed to the Calgary Sun, the 10 day jury trial ended in a guilty verdict on the charges of manslaughter and assault causing bodily harm.

Chris Ball, a Calgary resident from Mission, B.C., who was beaten at the corner of 100th and 100th at 2:43 a.m. on July 22, 2012.


The 41 year old eventually succumbed to his injuries in the ICU of the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Edmonton and was removed from life support on August 2, 2012.

When RCMP attended the fight, they found Ball unconscious and another male with a facial injury. Police believe a verbal argument occurred between a group of four males and the two victims. A fight then broke out between both groups. One of the males provided first aid to the injured males, while the others left before police arrived.

The RCMP were able to identify the other people involved in the fight and arrested two males, believing that alcohol was a contributing factor to the fight.

At the time, William Ted Metcalfe of Kelowna and Joel Christopher Marchand of Prince George were charged with one count each of assault causing bodily harm and one count each of aggravated assault.

As the case worked its way through the court system, charges of aggravated assault were dropped against both men, and Marchand was charged with an additional charge of manslaughter after Crown counsel reviewed enhanced cell phone video from the night of the incident.

The charge against Metcalfe was later stayed.

A sentencing date for Marchand is not know at this time.