Tyler man charged in girlfriend’s death

Published on Monday, 8 July 2013 23:25 - Written by

Tyler police have charged a Tyler man with the June 21 death of his girlfriend who was found unresponsive near downtown last month.

Don Martin, police spokesman, said Ricky Cox, 21, was charged with manslaughter, a second-degree felony, for the woman’s death.

Martin said EMS responded to an unresponsive woman on June 19 near the railroad tracks in the vicinity of The Salvation Army.

Martin said the woman, identified as 28-year-old Michelle Ingram, was taken to East Texas Medical Center where she was immediately placed into ICU but died two days later.

Police were called to the hospital and an autopsy was ordered.

Martin said the autopsy and follow-up investigation indicated Cox and Ms. Ingram were involved in a physical altercation while walking down the railroad tracks. That altercation led to her striking her head on the railroad track, causing the fatal injuries.

Martin said the second-degree charge is typically levied when there is no evidence a homicide was preplanned but happened because of one’s actions, whether accidental or intentional.

“The result of the physical altercation with the two led to her death,” he said.

Smith County judicial records indicate Cox remained jailed Monday afternoon on a $50,000 bond.