Muncie police look into death and possible self-defense claim

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Michael Williamson pleaded guilty to aggravated battery on May 23, 2018. His murder charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison with four years of that suspended and 959 days of jail credit.


MUNCIE, Ind. (Oct. 6, 2015) – Muncie police are investigating an apparent homicide after a 38-year-old man was killed inside a home on West Jackson Street.

The man who committed the murder, Michael Joe Williamson, 37, then called police to report the crime at a Village Pantry.

Williamson told police he got into a fight with the victim, later identified as Bilal "Billy" Lipscomb, in his home.

“He was telling everybody he killed him,” said one witness.

That neighbor says Williamson admitted on scene he stabbed a friend to death.

“Big Mike was saying, ‘I killed this guy. I stabbed him in chest because he was trying to rob me,’” said the witness.

“The rumors floating around are that the guy tried to rob him and he stabbed the guy,” said neighbor Joshua Taylor.

Taylor claims the apartment where the murder took place has been overrun with drug activity in recent weeks.

“This is like a warzone. We’ve called cops multiple times,” said Taylor. “Heroine and meth dealers are running in and out they took over his apartment. This is what happens.”

Neighbors tell us Williamson is not prone to violence.

“I know Mike. He’s got mental problems, but I’ve never in my life seen him violent,” said Taylor.

Those neighbors believe Williamson acted in self-defense.

According to police, Williamson told investigators during the interview that he and Lipscomb got into an argument. During this argument, Lipscomb allegedly got out of his chair and got in Williamson's face and then returned to his chair. Williamson stated he was scared  and saw that there was a knife on the table. Williamson said he got up, grabbed the knife, walked over to Lipscomb, who he said was "Chilling in the green chair" and stabbed him once in the chest.

“He would have been backed into corner and felt very threatened to stab someone like that,” said Taylor. “Something happened. I’m not saying he’s not in the wrong, but something happened to provoke him. You don’t just at 40-years-old stab somebody and never been violent in your life. It just doesn’t happen.”

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