Gas Station Homicide Trial to Start on Shooting's 1-Year Anniversary

Billy Ingram, 21, of Waukesha, could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted of killing 56-year-old convenience store clerk Nayyer Rana.

Exactly one year after authorities say 21-year-old Billy Ingram gunned down a gas station clerk during an armed robbery, Ingram will stand trial for a homicide charge.

Ingram, of Waukesha, is accused of shooting and killing 56-year-old Nayyer Rana, an immigrant from Pakistan working to give his children the American Dream. Ingram faces up to life in prison if convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of marijuana.

Ingram’s trial was set Thursday to begin on May 29.

Ingram, who was on probation for a burglary conviction in Milwaukee County, was living with his cousin on Jackson Court in Waukesha in May 2012. The criminal complaint alleges that Ingram used his cousin’s .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun to hold up the Petro Mart gas station May 29, 2012, where he shot and killed Rana while stealing $985, cigars, cigarettes and snacks.

Ingram’s attorney, Samuel Benedict, continues to fight evidence against Ingram. He filed a motion in court Thursday for a Miranda Goodchild hearing to determine what statements will be allowed during the trial. Ingram will be back in court March 7 for that hearing, which could last between 2 and 3-1/2 hours.

Benedict previously argued that Ingram was detained inappropriately by Brookfield police officers during a burglary investigation. Benedict claimed an illegal stop by the Brookfield Police Department should eliminate key evidence against Ingram. However, the judge found the stop was appropriate, legal and reasonable.

The Brookfield Police Department arrested Ingram on a warrant while investigating the burglary. Authorities also found bags abandoned at a nearby bus stop with items linking the bags to Ingram and to the gas station homicide, according to the criminal complaint.

michelle January 17, 2013 at 09:56 PM
That's what he gets. He took a life he needs to get life.
Annie Nominous January 18, 2013 at 03:14 AM
This is so sad...a very loving and hard working father and husband, raising very successful children so they can have a better life than he did growing up, and his life abruptly ended...for what? Peace to his family. It seems like a year for this trial to begin is a long time.
gail January 18, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Wow a whole year? That upsets me. But atleast this guy is behind bars... It's sad because then black ppl wonder... It's ppl like this guy. I'm not racist but like tupac said I ain't no killer but don't push me. I can't believe he stayed on Jackson ct too! I chilled there all the time . This is y I dot interact with ppl from Waukesha ppl like him are turning it to the north side of Milwaukee all ghetto trashy.. Words of advice to ppl like him get out of Waukesha Waukesha has so many positive things but u ppl are out weighing it to negative I'm glad I never met this guy I'm 18 and kno Alot of young and adult ignorant ppl.
Little Miss January 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM
News flash, your comment SCREAMS "I'm an uneducated ignorant idiot." Maybe you should shut your racist mouth. Next time you go to share your opinion, do yourself a favor and don't, or study the night before.
Rebecca January 22, 2013 at 01:28 PM


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