Capital murder trial begins for alleged roommate killer

Timothy Ronk (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)
Timothy Ronk (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The capital murder trial of Timothy Ronk began Tuesday at the Harrison County Courthouse. Ronk is accused of stabbing his roommate at the time, 38-year-old Michelle Craite, then setting her home on fire back in August of 2008.

The first few prosecution witnesses spoke to evidence supporting claims of arson. A Biloxi investigator testified a gas can was found behind a SUV in the carport, but with no fingerprints on the can.

An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives testified about a gasoline trail that started near the gasoline can, moved through the kitchen, the hall and into the master bedroom where Craite was found face down.

A Wal-mart employee also testified that on the morning of the blaze, Ronk used a debit card to buy an engagement ring at the store and withdraw $100 in cash.

Another Biloxi investigator testified to Craite's bank activity. In addition to the purchase, he said $500 was withdrawn from Craite's account. Police say an ATM camera captured Ronk, along with the withdrawal information.

Later that day, a purchase at a gas station was made with Craite's card in Mobile, Alabama.

The investigator also testified that Ronk pawned about $600 worth of items in Mobile.

Court resumes Wednesday morning at 9am.

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