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Mississippi Supreme Court denies rehearing for death row inmate in 2008 Biloxi slaying


JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Supreme Court says it won't hear another appeal from a death row inmate convicted of killing his girlfriend by stabbing her and setting her on fire in their home near Biloxi.

Justices on Thursday made no comment as they denied Timothy Robert Ronk's request for a rehearing.

Ronk was convicted of capital murder in 2010 for the slaying of 37-year-old Michelle Craite.

Court records say that on Aug. 26, 2008, emergency responders found Craite's burned and stabbed body in a bedroom of her burning house in the Woolmarket community.

Prosecutors said Ronk and Craite argued as he was leaving her for another woman in Florida. Ronk, now 36, said he acted in self-defense when he stabbed Craite.

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