MIDLAND, MI – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Midland County Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks and Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson today announced the arrest and arraignment of Michael McIntyre, 51-years-old, of New Hudson, on one count of Felony Murder and one count of First Degree Premeditated Murder for the deadly 1991 attack of his ex-girlfriend’s mother, Diane Ross, of Lee Township.
Diane Ross, then a 43-year-old double amputee, was viciously beaten by a male intruder in her home in the early morning hours of August 7, 1991. She died several hours later from her injuries. Ross’ then-five-year-old grandson was present at the time of the murder and sought help for his grandmother following the crime. The case went unsolved for 25 years.
But in 2014, the Department of Attorney General was asked to join the investigation after a review of cold cases by Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson revealed new evidence pointing investigators toward a suspect and resulting in today’s murder charges.
“I applaud the hard and decades-long work that the Midland County Sheriff and Prosecutor’s office has dedicated to finding justice for Diane Ross and her family,” said Schuette. “As a resident of Midland, I have great respect for our local law enforcement and am proud my office was able to have successfully partnered with Sheriff Stephenson and Prosecutor Brooks to solve this horrible crime.”
“I’m very pleased that we can start to provide some closure for the family of Diane Ross. I appreciate the assistance from Midland County Prosecutor J Dee Brooks, Attorney General Bill Schuette as well as the Michigan State Police and the FBI,” said Sheriff Stephenson. “This was a great collaboration of agencies that worked in conjunction with each other to take a murder suspect off the street and to make our communities safer. I also want to thank my Detective Bureau who worked tirelessly on this case for several years. Without their determination to solve this case, Mr. McIntyre would not be in custody.”
Midland County Prosecutor, J. Dee Brooks, stated that his office is also proud to have partnered with the Attorney General’s Office and the Midland County Sheriff’s Office in seeking justice for Diane Ross and her family. “Even after 25 years, we believed that it was essential to join together to make sure the perpetrator of this horrific crime was held accountable for his actions.”
McIntyre pleaded not guilty during his arraignment today in Midland County Circuit Court before Judge Stephen P. Carras. His bond was set at $1 million cash or surety for each murder charge. The defendant’s next court appearance will be scheduled at a later date.
At the time of the murder, the victim’s daughter had recently broken off a relationship with Michael McIntyre. He was interviewed by police about the murder of Diane Ross in 1991.
In 2014, after a review of pending cold cases, additional witnesses were located and interviewed and physical evidence was submitted for further review. It was after this investigation that charges were brought against McIntyre.