Ira Bevins shot his mom, then set her house on fire. He was out on bond, awaiting trial for rape:
The shootings came one month after Washtenaw Circuit Judge David Swartz discontinued required alcohol testing of Bevins at the request of Bevins’ public defense attorney, who argued that he had passed all the tests in the months after his arrest on the rape charge.
Bevins was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, stemming from an incident that occurred on the late night and early morning of Aug. 4 and 5, 2008.
According to testimony from the victim, she and Bevins had become reacquainted at Alcoholics Anonymous events. On Aug. 4, she and her 4-year-old daughter visited her deceased mother’s house, located around the corner from Bevins’ house.
The victim testified that over the course of the evening she and Bevins drank. She said she doesn’t remember much more about the night, other than that she woke up without her shorts or underwear on. She went to the hospital and had a rape examination.