Mississippi justices won't rehear appeal in stabbing death

Timothy Ronk (Source: Biloxi Police Dept.)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court says it won't reconsider appeals from death row inmate Timothy Ronk, who was convicted of capital murder in 2010.

Ronk was sentenced to death in Harrison County for the August 2008 killing of Michelle Craite. Prosecutors said Ronk stabbed Craite and burned her house in the Woolmarket community, near Biloxi, to cover up the crime.

The high court says it won't reconsider its earlier rejection of appeals from Ronk. Among other things, he argued he had ineffective legal representation.

Prosecutors say Ronk took items from Craite and gave them to a Florida woman he met online. Defense attorneys argued the stabbing was self-defense.

Ronk does not have an execution date.