Hearing set for Mississippi man charged with killing 2 nuns

Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi
Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A man charged with killing two nuns in Mississippi is scheduled for a court hearing, where prosecutors will present evidence before the case goes to a grand jury.

Forty-six-year-old Rodney Earl Sanders of Kosciusko, Mississippi, is charged with capital murder in the deaths of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill, who worked as nurse practitioners in one of the poorest counties in the nation.

Holmes County District Attorney Akillie Malone-Oliver said Thursday at least one investigator will testify during the hearing, and Sanders’ attorneys will have a chance to respond.

Merrill and Held, both 68, were found stabbed to death Aug. 25 in their home in the small town of Durant after they failed to show up for work at a clinic in nearby Lexington. The hearing Friday is taking place in Durant municipal court.

Merrill was buried in Kentucky. Held was buried in Wisconsin.

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