Chad Ingram now charged with murder in death of his mother

A New Haven man has been charged with murder in the death of his mother, Heidi Colley, in November of 2017.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017 11:01 PM
Updated: Jan. 31, 2018 6:07 PM

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT)- A New Haven man has been charged with murder in the death of his mother, Heidi Colley, in November of 2017. 

Chad Ingram was arrested at the time and charged with domestic battery in connection to the incident.  Has was initially released from jail on those charges on December 1st, 2017, but was arrested twice in one day for tresspassing back at his mother's home on Sherbrook Drive. 

Timeline of Chad Ingram's arrest

6:00 p.m.: Ingram is released from Allen County Jail after domestic battery charges are dropped. 

2:00 a.m.: An officer finds Ingram at the condemned residence and arrests him. 

6:00 a.m.: Ingram is released again, and picked up for the second time at the condemned residence by police. 



New Haven Detectives continued their investigation and based on results of a forensic examination Wednesday filed a warrent request with the Allen County Prosecutor's Office.  The request was approved and Ingram is now charged with one count of murder in the death of Colley.

His next court appearance has not been scheduled according to court records.

Original Story:  A week after she was found dead of blunt force trauma, the former residence of Heidi Colley is boarded up, with notices on the door saying no one is allowed to enter, but that didn't stop her son, Chad Ingram, from going back after he was released from the Allen County Jail. 

Hours later, police found him in the home and arrested him not once, but twice. 

"He did not learn, no, and he's still currently confined at Allen County Jail," said Detective Kevin Hamrick of New Haven Police Department. 

Hamrick said officers were patrolling the house when they heard music coming from inside, and arrested Ingram around 2:00 a.m. for criminal trespass. 

"He was released not too long after that, and he returned back to the residence around 6:00 a.m... and for the second time in four hours he was arrested for criminal trespass," Hamrick said. 

Now, neighbors are on edge. No one I spoke to wanted to be identified. 

"It doesn't make me feel any safer, but I don't really feel scared. I just think if he's guilty he should be in jail," said one neighbor. 

Other neighbors who have met Ingram described him as strange and eccentric. 

"One time you'd see him, he'd be in a business suit, walking down the road. [And] the next time you see him, he'd be all painted up, carrying a great big saw in this bucket," said another neighbor. 

With Ingram back in jail, residence wonder how long it will last, and if he's guilty of the murder of Heidi Colley. 

"If they know he's guilty and he could possibly be a threat to other people, why would they let him go?" a neighbor asked. 

The prosecuting attorney was unable to comment on camera, but said felony charges against Ingram are still under investigation. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Chad Ingram, who was released from jail last night after charges of domestic battery against him were dismissed, was rebooked into the jail around 2:30 this morning after being arrested for criminal trespassing.

Ingram was being held on domestic battery charges against his mother, Heidi Colley. Colley was found dead in her New Haven home Saturday.

Ingram was due back in court this morning. 

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