Man to stand trial in 25-year-old cold case - WNEM TV 5

Man to stand trial in 25-year-old cold case

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Michael McIntyre (Source: Midland County Sheriff's Office) Michael McIntyre (Source: Midland County Sheriff's Office)

Investigators said Angela Timmon's ex-boyfriend murdered her mother, 43-year-old Diane Ross, 25 years ago.

"I just picture him killing my mother, that's all I can see when I look at him," Timmon said.

Ross, who used a wheelchair because of her health, was beaten to death in 1991 with a broken pool cue. It all happened at her home about 20 minutes west of Midland on 11-Mile road near M-20.

For years the case was unsolved because of a lack of evidence. In December 2013, the Midland County Sheriff's Department reopened the investigation. At that time, family members began feeling cautiously optimistic about finding her killer.

"It brought hope, and just the feeling that they're looking at it again and maybe there's a reason for that. It just is just something you can never lay to rest," said Lindy Barton, Ross's sister.

Then on March 3, 2016, Midland County detectives and Michigan State Police arrested 51-year-old Michael McIntyre, from New Hudson, on charges of felony murder and premeditated murder. 

The arrest came after Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson said other witnesses and other physical evidence came to light.

McIntyre pleaded not guilty to the charges.

"To my face he was always polite, very kind to me and my son. And I never had any trouble with him. He seemed like just a normal, average person," Timmon said.

Now family hopes an upcoming trial brings them closure. 

"She deserves justice," Barton said.

McIntyre was ordered to trial in Ross' death. He was arraigned on charges including first-degree premeditated murder and felony murder.

Angela's son Micheal was 5-years-old at the time. He witnessed his grandmother's brutal beating and ran for help. He said he didn't think this day would ever come.

"I appreciate Det. Benzing and Holzinger for working on this so hard and they did what I thought would never get done," Michael Fountain said.

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