DOC: #987991 White Male
Floyd County Superior Court
Judge Richard G. Striegel
Prosecutor: Stanley O. Faith,
Susan L. Orth, Cynthia L. Winkler, Robert L. Collins
Defense: Michael J. McDaniel,
Patrick Biggs, Steven E. Ripstra
Date of Murder: July 27, 1996
Victim(s): Debbie Chaffin Ingle
W/F 41 (wife / separated)
Method of Murder: Shooting with
Summary: Ingle and his wife
Debbie had been married approximately twenty-five years. They
married immediately after his release from federal prison when she
was seventeen years of age.
The marriage was one of repeated domestic
violence. Debbie tried to leave on numerous occasions, but he
physically intimidated her into remaining in the marriage.
In July 1996, Debbie moved out of the house and
made it clear to Ingle she would not return. Ingle stalked her for
weeks using disguises and borrowed cars and kept her under constant
On the morning of the murder, Ingle donned a
disguise, loaded a handgun, and walked up to Debbie where she worked
as a waitress. His confessed plan was to take her out of the
restaurant and physically force her to return as he had done on
prior occasions. Debbie recognized him, screamed his name and
instructed co-workers to call for police. Ingle responded by
shooting her 7 times with a handgun and fled.
Within minutes, Ingle was confronted by police on
the street and shot a New Albany Police Officer three times, once in
the back, and fled a second time before he was arrested. The officer
was wearing a vest and survived with serious injuries.
Conviction: Murder, Attempted
Murder (A Felony), Attempted Kidnapping (A Felony)
Sentencing: November 19, 1998 (Death
Aggravating Circumstances: Lying
in Wait, B(1) Attempted Kidnapping
Mitigating Circumstances: Mental
State (not rising to level of insanity), Intermittent Explosive
Ingle v. State, 746 N.E.2d 927 (Ind. May 8, 2001)
Conviction Affirmed 5-0; DP Vacated 5-0
Sullivan Opinion; Shepard, Dickson, Boehm, and Rucker concur.
(Convictions for Murder and Attempted Murder
affirmed, but conviction for Attempted Kidnapping reversed; Death
sentence vacated due to insufficient evidence to show aggravators -
No evidence to show Ingle confined victim to secure act by a third
party, therefore not a hostage and no Attempted Kidnapping; Although
Ingle did watch, wait and conceal himself outside restaurant, this
was day before murder. A disguise alone worn when entering
restaurant was not enough to show lying in wait; Remanded for
resentencing to a term of years.)
On Remand: Ingle resentenced by
Floyd Superior Court Judge Richard G. Striegel on June 20, 2001 to
consecutive terms of 65 years imprisonment for Murder and 50 years
imprisonment for Attempted Murder (A Felony).
Ingle v. State, 766 N.E.2d 392 (Ind.
(Direct appeal after resentencing and imposition of 115 years
imprisonment - Affirmed)