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Psychologist testifies about Ronk in sentencing trial

A jury in the sentencing trial of convicted killer Timothy Ronk has heard testimony about his documented mental disorders.

Dr. Beverly Smallwood, a psychologist, this morning testified Ronk has a history of mental disorders and of failing to comply with doctors' orders for treatment.

Smallwood said Ronk has bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and, in her opinion, an antisocial personality.

She went on to say, however, mental disorders did not overpower his will to make right decisions.

"He made a behavoir choice," she said. "He knew right from wrong."

Ronk has been convicted in the capital murder and armed robbery of Michelle Craite of Biloxi.

Attorneys will likely give closing arguments before noon and the jury will begin deliberating over the death penalty this afternoon.

Sunherald.com will update this story as details become available.

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