A 46-year-old man has been arrested and charged for the slaying of two nuns in rural Mississippi earlier this week that shocked an entire town. The suspect has been identified as Rodney Earl Sanders, a resident of Kosciusko. Sanders is accused of killing Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held, two nurse practitioners who volunteered at a medical center in Durant. They were found dead Thursday in their home in what police described as a break-in at the time. “With the cooperation of the Durant and Kosciusko police departments, Holmes County Sheriff’s Department and the (state) Attorney General Office this heinous crime has been resolved,” Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Director Lt. Col. Jimmy Jordan said in a statement released late Friday. Police have not yet released details on the motive, or what connection Sanders may have had to the two nuns.
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