Woman shot to death in West Ashley laid to rest

Melissity Hayes
Melissity Hayes
Ronald David Ratliff
Ronald David Ratliff

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The woman authorities say was shot to death by her estranged-son-in-law was laid to rest Thursday afternoon.

66-year-old Linda Hayes died Saturday night. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says Ronald David Ratliff sneaked into his estranged wife's home and shot Hayes to death.

Deputies say Ratliff later took a shot at his estranged wife, Melissity Hayes. She was not seriously injured.

Heavy security was present at the private funeral at Stuhr's Funeral Home in West Ashley.

Deputies say Ratliff was on the run from Saturday night after the murder until Tuesday afternoon.

They say at some point he sneaked back into his ex-wife's home, hid beneath insulation in the attic and fired a shot striking Melissity Hayes.

Investigators later found Ratliff dead in the attic with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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