MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) - A 51-year-old suburban Detroit man was charged with murder in the 1991 fatal beating of his ex-girlfriend’s mother in Midland County after a review of cold cases turned up new evidence.
The Michigan attorney general’s office and Midland County authorities said Michael McIntyre, of New Hudson, was arraigned Friday on felony murder and first-degree premediated murder charges in the attack on 43-year-old Diane Ross at her home in Lee Township. McIntyre pleaded not guilty and court officials said he would be appointed a lawyer.
Investigators say Ross was sleeping in her bed in August 1991 when she was confronted by a masked assailant. She was a double amputee who had no legs.
The sheriff’s office says detectives reviewed the case starting in 2012. Recent investigation work found additional witnesses and physical evidence.
Midland County Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks said despite hard work at the time, investigators couldn’t “put a provable case together.”
“That’s something that really eats at me, and it’s very difficult to deal with, but you accept it and you move on, and you do the best you can under the circumstances,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean that you let go. You never want to leave a case unsolved, unresolved - especially one of this nature.”
Among the roughly 20 family members in the courtroom for the arraignment was Angela Timmons, Ross’ daughter and McIntyre’s girlfriend at the time. She’s grateful for the renewed efforts on the case and no longer sees the man she knew.
“Just picturing him killing my mother - that’s all I can see when I look at him,” Timmons told The Saginaw News after the arraignment.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Lindy Barton, Ross’ sister, told the Midland Daily News. “It took 25 years, but it came in my lifetime.”
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