Muncie man convicted of murder for killing woman, setting remains on fire

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A Muncie man argued with a deputy while being handcuffed and escorted out of a Delaware County courtroom after a jury found him guilty Wednesday of murder and obstruction of justice.

Terry D. Rutledge was arrested last year for killing Tonia Ingram and setting her remains on fire. Jurors decided on a verdict after about four hours of deliberations. Rutledge will face a prison sentence of 68 years—the maximum. Sentencing is set for Dec. 27.

Rutledge’s attorney tried to portray him as a victim of an “elaborate conspiracy,” but prosecutors said Ingram was the sole victim. She was asphyxiated, investigators said, her remains set on fire and treated like trash.

Prosecutors said Rutledge gave investigators more than a dozen different versions of what happened leading up to and following Ingram’s death.