74-year-old Rankin Co. woman identified, killed by sword, deputies say

74-year-old Rankin Co. woman identified, killed by sword, deputies say
Joseph Kersh (Source: Rankin County Sheriff's Office)

RANKIN CO., Miss. (WLBT) - The Rankin County coroner has released the name of the woman killed last week.

“I have spoken with the family,” Coronor David Ruth said. “I can confirm I recovered 74-year-old Dianne Kersh of Star, Mississippi, in relation to the arrest of Joe Kersh.”

Rankin County deputies arrested and charged Joseph Kersh with murder last week after they found Dianne Kersh had been stabbed to death.

Deputies were called to a home on Shady Hill Drive in Star where Joseph Kersh was complaining of leg and foot pain.

After entering the home, deputies saw the woman dead on the floor with a sword next to her body.

They then took the 65-year-old Kersh into custody, taking him to the hospital first before going to Rankin County Jail.

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