Suspect Beat And Stabbed His Mom To Death. Then He Tried To Have His Brothers Killed — So He Could Get Her Inheritance

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Source: MEGA: Washington County District Attorney

Apr. 4 2022, Published 9:06 a.m. ET

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A man beat his mom with a steel pipe and stabbed her to death. Then while in jail, he tried to hire someone to kill his brothers.

Now he faces decades behind bars.

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Recently, Michael Stuart Ross was convicted in Washington County, Oregon of killing his mom and trying to kill one brother in an attack.

On March 18, 2018, Ross murdered his 73-year-old mother inside their Tualatin, Oregon, home they shared, according to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office. He beat her with a steel pipe and stabbed her.

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Ross then violently attacked his brother with a pipe, according to prosecutors. But the brother was able to stave off the attack enough to run to a neighbor’s house, where they called 911.

Police responded to the scene and asked Ross to exit the home, which he did.

Officers found the elderly woman’s body and Ross was arrested.

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While in custody at jail, Ross befriended another inmate and confessed to the killing, prosecutors said. He then offered to pay the inmate tens of thousands of dollars if he murdered Ross’ two brothers.

Ross was waiting for a large inheritance from his mother’s estate and wanted to stop the brother’s from testifying against him, prosecutors said. The inmate told authorities and helped in the investigation.

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A jury convicted Ross of second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and a host of other charges. Sentencing has not been held.

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Source: MEGA: Washington County District Attorney

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