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Bucks man charged with killing his mother; abuse of a corpse


William M. Ingram, 49, of Northampton, who admitted to Washington, D.C., police to killing his mother last weekend, was extradited to Bucks County Thursday.

He was arraigned on multiple charges Thursday night in District Judge Brian Marriott’s court in Northampton. Bail was denied and Ingram was remanded to Bucks County Correctional Facility in Doylestown.

Northampton police discovered the body of Dolores Ingram, 82, in her home at 26024 Beacon Hill Drive in the Holland section of Northampton Sunday.

District of Columbia police called the Bucks County radio room requesting a wellness check on the woman, said Bucks County District Attorney Jennifer Schorn.

The younger Ingram had “admitted to killing his mother,” Schorn said, in a D.C. detention center and at a D.C. hospital after being taken there after allegedly assaulting a police officer and damaging a police vehicle in the capital early Sunday morning. When he asked to go to a hospital, he told officials, “I killed my mom. Did I tell you that,” Schorn said.

She was joined by Northampton police and staff members of the District Attorney’s Office at a press conference at the Bucks County Justice Center Thursday afternoon.

Schorn said that when Northampton police went to check on Dolores, they discovered her body under an overturned sofa and many household items, including a television and aquarium that had contained two deceased lizards.

“All the items were stacked on the victim’s head and chest,” she said.

They also discovered a hunting knife and a laundry bag containing six vacuum-sealed clear packages of marijuana and another bag containing $53,000 in currency. Also found was a bag containing a psychedelic drug. In a bedroom in the home, more drugs and drug paraphernalia were found. The defendant, she said, “made some unprovoked statements about being a drug dealer.”

Autopsy results showed Dolores Ingram died of multiple injuries including “blunt trauma to the head, slicing injuries and lacerations.” The manner of death was homicide, Schorn said.

Ingram allegedly told police he drove to Washington, D.C., in his mother’s car. The car is still missing. It’s a white Honda Civic with a license plate number KTV 2098. Schorn said investigators also would like to speak with anyone who may have had contact with the defendant on Saturday, June 15.

“This is a heartbreaking case,” the district attorney said. She did not identify other Ingram family members but said the victim had an extended family.

Assistant District Attorneys Marc Fuber and Jennifer Reckner have been assigned to the case, Schorn said. She commended the work of the District of Columbia police, Northampton police and investigators in the District Attorney’s Office.

Among the charges that William Ingram faces are criminal homicide, aggravated assault, abuse of a corpse, cruelty to animals, theft by unlawful taking - movable property and drug-related charges.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 27 before Marriott.

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