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Rent Dispute Turns Deadly, Lands 79-Year-Old Fresno Landlord in Jail
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By Bill McEwen, News Director
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May 17, 2023

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Fresno police said Wednesday morning that officers have booked a 79-year-old Fresno landlord into jail on suspicion of murdering a tenant in a rent dispute.

Fresno Homicide Suspect Ira Gordon Lewis
Homicide suspect Ira Gordon Lewis, 79, of Fresno. (Fresno PD)
Fresno Homicide Victim Michael Brady
Michael Brady, 56, was shot to death Saturday, May 13, 2023. (Fresno PD)

Ira Gordon Lewis is accused of murdering Michael Brady, 56, by shooting him multiple times in the 4500 block of East Dakota Avenue near North Barton Avenue on Saturday, May 13.

Officers found Brady bleeding on the ground and he was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police Lt. Bill Dooley said in a news release.

Witnesses said that Lewis was seen leaving the homicide scene and entering his residence, which is directly behind Brady’s residence.

Detectives then learned that Lewis and the victim had an ongoing dispute over Brady’s unpaid rent, Dooley said.

During a search of Lewis’s residence, investigators found a gun.

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Bill McEwen,
News Director
Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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