- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Timothy Ronk of capital murder in the August 2008 death Michelle Craite.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1PuVsse ) the court on Thursday rejected Ronk’s arguments of ineffective counsel, lethal injection being cruel and inhumane, no proof of aggravating circumstance and that the death sentence was disproportionate to the crime,

Ronk was sentenced to death in 2010 in Harrison County.

Prosecutors say Ronk fatally stabbed Michelle Craite and burned her house in the Woolmarket community, near Biloxi, to cover up the crime.

Prosecutors say Ronk took items from the victim and gave them to a woman he’d met on the Internet. Prosecutors say police found Craite’s ring and television at the other woman’s home.

Defense attorneys argued the stabbing was in self-defense.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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