Bond was denied for Michael Brian Rutledge during a Thursday preliminary hearing. He is accused of the brutal beating and stabbing of his wife, Laura Ann Rutledge. Her body was found in a wooded area off of North College Street last month with her hands bound behind her back. She was allegedly stabbed more than 40 times.
Authorities say Rutledge has confessed to the crime.
The case has been bound over to the Prentiss County Grand Jury for indictment. The next session of the grand jury is scheduled to begin Oct. 16.
Rutledge was awaiting transport to a state correctional facility Friday where he will begin serving the remaining 14 years of his sentence on a prior conviction for burglary of a dwelling. He was on probation for that conviction at the time of his arrest for the murder. Circuit Court Judge Jim Pounds ordered his probation revoked in a hearing held Tuesday in Prentiss County Circuit Court.