A man has been charged for stabbing Sisters Paula Merrill and Margaret Held. The two nuns were found dead inside their home in Durant, Mississippi after they failed to show up at work at the Lexington Medical Clinic on Thursday.
Rodney Earl Sanders Charged After ‘Exhaustive Interview’
Forty-six-year old Rodney Earl Sanders has been charged with the murder of both nuns. Authorities said that “an exhaustive interview Friday evening” led Sanders to be identified as the main suspect in the slaying. Moreover, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) said that they obtained enough information from Sanders during the interview, enough to charge him with the murders.
“Sanders was developed as a person of interest early on in the investigation,” MBI Director Lt. Col. Jimmy Jordan told CNN. According to a report from The Clarion-Ledger, Sanders confessed to killing the two nuns during the interview. However, he did not state a reason as to why he committed the crime.
On the other hand, MBI spokesman Warren Strain said that the organization would not confirm nor deny if Sanders actually made a confession.
Nuns’ Missing Car Recovered
Meanwhile, a missing car believed to have belonged to the victims was also recovered by authorities. The blue Toyota Corolla was found abandoned on a road less than a mile from their home. It is believed that the killer had taken the nuns’ car. It is unclear if authorities had already found a connection between the missing car and Sanders.
According to a report from AP, Sanders was once convicted of felony DUI in Attala County. He was sentenced on February 23, 2015. Since then, he was released from prison and remained on probation. Before that, Sanders was also convicted of armed robbery in Holmes County and served six years in prison.
Sanders was arrested for the murder of the two nuns on Friday. He is now being held in an undisclosed detention center pending his initial court appearance.