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A Kosciusko man has been charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of two nuns in Holmes County. Authorities said late Friday night that Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, was developed as a suspect after “an exhaustive interview Friday evening.”
Sanders is charged in the deaths of Sister Paula Merrill, a nurse practitioner with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, and Sister Margaret Held, a nurse practitioner with the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee. They were found dead Thursday in their home on Castalian Springs Road in Durant, a town of roughly 2,600.
The two women were stabbed, coroner Dexter Howard said, but a cause of death won’t be determined until the autopsies are complete.
…”Our congregation would like to express gratitude for all working so hard on this investigation,” Diane Curtis, spokeswoman for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, said in a statement. “We continue to pray for everyone involved in this tragedy.”
Photo: Mississippi Bureau of Investigation