Michael William Ingram, charged with fatally shooting Michael Lee outside Lee’s Glendale home, was on probation at the time of the alleged homicide.
On Nov. 1, 2017, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Julie Mata sentenced Ingram to two-and-a-half years for burglary. He was credited for the time he served in jail. Ingram had been in jail awaiting trial from May 2017 until November, when he reached a plea deal.
According to Arizona Department of Corrections records, Ingram was put on probation and released from custody May 4. His release date was originally set for Dec. 2.
On Oct. 11, Glendale Police received a 911 call stating a neighbor heard multiple gunshots near 6900 W. Utopia Road. Patrol officers arrived and located Lee outside his residence. Lee was pronounced deceased on scene.
According to the Glendale Police arrest report, witnesses told detectives Ingram, who had dropped off a woman at the residence the night before, forced his way into the home.
Witnesses said that when Lee told Ingram to leave, he refused. “A physical altercation ensued,” according to the report.
Ingram and Lee walked outside. Two witnesses then heard gunshots. The witnesses found Lee with gunshot wounds as a car raced away.
The police report says the witnesses identified Ingram from a photo lineup. One of the witnesses provided Ingram’s cellphone number.
Through Maricopa County Probation records, Glendale police obtained a description of Ingram’s vehicle, which was later found in Peoria. Ingram was not in the vehicle.
Police obtained a warrant to secure a tracker to the vehicle, which did not move for three days. Using GPS information, detectives tracked the vehicle on Oct. 15 as it drove to Phoenix.
After the car parked, detectives approached Ingram in a garage and arrested him.
According to the arrest record, detectives searched Ingram and found two baggies with heroin.
Police charged Ingram with second-degree homicide and possession of narcotic drugs.
Ingram made an initial court appearance on Oct. 16. He is being held at the Maricopa County Jail and was scheduled to be back in court Oct. 22.