NUNS MURDERED: Sisters Paula Merrill and Margaret Held found dead in Mississippi: Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, Charged


Jackson Clarion Ledger‎ – 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.