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Suspect in Wife's Murder Facing New Charges

6:36 PM, Oct 9, 2007   |    comments
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NASSAU COUNTY, FL -- The man accused of killing his wife a month after claiming he rescued her in a house fire faces new criminal charges. Authorities have charged Michael Ratley with grand theft. He's already charged with murder for the death of his wife, Effie Ratley. Authorities in January found her at home unconscious and bleeding from a gash in her head. She died two days later. Michael Ratley told investigators she fell. Investigators believe Ratley killed her. A month before Ratley's death, Ratley told authorities he pulled his infant son and wife from their burning trailer in Bryceville.

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