Suspect Arrested in Killings of Two Nuns in Mississippi Could Face the Death Penalty

Officials try to uncover why Rodney Earl Sanders killed Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merril in their home, with their car parked a mile away.
1:36 | 08/27/16

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Back here at home with a major break in a murder case. Police arresting a suspect for the stabbing death of two nuns in Mississippi. The nuns dedicating their lives to helping the sick and the poor. ABC's Eva pilgrim on the mystery behind the motive. Reporter: 46-year-old Rodney sanders is behind bars for the murder of two nuns in Mississippi charged with two counts of capital murder. The question remains, what led to this brutal crime? We're all in this together and we're going to find out what happened. Reporter: Sister Margaret and sister Paula were found murdered in their homes Thursday and their car found a mile away. Margaret's sister saying she is devastated. I know they fought. I know they fought. The saddest part is they would have given him anything. And they had nothing. Reporter: Sanders just released from prison last December has a criminal history spanning three decades including felony DUI and armed robbery. Questions on a link to the nuns. According to the staff, he wasn't a patient and didn't attend the small church where the nuns led bible study for years. The two nuns seen here in a video. We just see patients and do what needs to be done. Reporter: Were both nurse practitioners. For more than 30 years they tirelessly served their community, one of the poorest in the country. The capital murder charge means sanders could face the death penalty. That is something prosecutors will have to decide. At a later date. Cecelia. Thank you.

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