Man arrested for allegedly killing woman with sword in Rankin County


RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Rankin County deputies arrested a man for allegedly killing a woman with a sword.

Deputies responded to a medical call on Wednesday, February 17, in the 200 block of Shady Hill Drive in Star. When they arrived, they spoked to Joseph Kersh, who was complaining of leg and foot pain.

While inside the home, deputies located the body of 74-year-old Dianne Kersh. She had multiple trauma wounds on her body and stab wounds on her back. Investigators found a sword next to her body.

Kersh was taken into custody and taken to a local hospital. He was later released and transported to the Rankin County Jail.

According to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office, Kersh was denied bond on Tuesday.

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