Thomas Gregory Ball, of Hickory, is charged with one felony count of murder and one felony count of concealing/failure to report death.
Thomas Ball’s brother, Rodney Adam Ball, 27, of Cedar Bluff, Va., faces identical charges.
Catawba County investigators found the body of 78 year old Benny Daniels in a shallow grave near his Long View home on October 12th
Detectives with the Catawba County Sheriffs Office found blood inside the residence and tracks leading from the home.
The case initially began Oct. 8th following a missing persons report.
The Ball brothers are being held in the Catawba County Detention Center without bond.