Middletown Widow Faces Charges in Connection with Husband's 2008 Homicide
A Middletown woman faces charges in the beating and stabbing death of her husband in 2008. Her son has also been charged in connection with the homicide.
A mother and son have now both been charged in connection with the killing of a Middletown Township man in 2008.
Bhavnaben Ingle, 52, faces charges of first-degree murder in connection with her late husband's 2008 killing, according to Pennsylvania State Police-Media Barracks.
Bhavnaben Ingle's son, Parth Ingle, is also charged with first-degree murder, accused of killing his father, Arunkumar Ingle, 55, in his Middletown home in 2008.
Bhavnaben Ingle was taken into custody by Delaware State Police as she left work at about 4:15 p.m. on Feb. 2 and charged as a fugitive from justice in Delaware, according to State Police. She is currently being held in Delaware. She faces a first-degree murder charge and other related offenses in Pennsylvania.
Parth Ingle was arrested on Dec. 21 and is charged with criminal homicide, first-degree murder, third-degree murder, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, possession of an instrument with criminal intent, tampering with and fabricating evidence and conspiracy, according to court documents.
According to State Police, Arunkumar Ingle was brutally killed in his 281 Chestnut Avenue residence on Jan. 20, 2008 and his body was found the following day.
The Delaware County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide and the cause of death was crushing blunt force head injuries with multiple stab wounds to the head and neck, according to State Police.
Parth Ingle and his mother argued with the victim at his residence before his death, according to State Police.
"While there Bhavnaben Ingle and Parth Ingle argued with the victim and the victim was killed by Bhavnaben Ingle and Parth Ingle," State Police said in a press release.
According to philly.com, the victim was allegedly having an affair and planned to fake his own death in his native India and then return to the United States to be with his mistress. Arunkumar Ingle had $3.6 million in life insurance policies.
Through the investigation, it was discovered that Parth Ingle tracked his father's movements through GPS on his vehicle and read his e-mails through a keystroke program he installed on his father's computer without his father's knowledge, according to State Police.
Parth Ingle confirmed his father was having an affair through the computer spyware, according to philly.com.
Parth Ingle pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful use of a computer, according to court documents. He was sentenced on Dec. 14 to two years of probation and 80 hours of community service for those charges, according to the Delaware County Daily Times.
Numerous search warrants, court orders, fingerprint anaylsis, DNA analysis, handwriting samples and other investigation means were used in this investigation, according to State Police.
According to the Delaware County Daily Times, police found a piece of paper at Parth Ingle's residence in 2008 with, "statute," "life insurance," "What would happen to you guys," and "Can I be arrested (in) another country" written on it.
Parth Ingle's preliminary hearing has been postponed and rescheduled several times. The next scheduled date for the preliminary hearing is Feb. 29. His bail was denied and he is currently in Delaware County Prison, according to court documents.
Bhavnaben Ingle is awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.
Late Friday, a judge determined Parth Ingle's lawyer could stay on the case after the prosecution argued conflict of interest, according to philly.com. The son and son-in-law of John Kusturiss, Parth Ingle's lawyer, are potential witnesses in the case.