DURANT, Miss. — The Latest on a court hearing for a man charged with killing two nuns in Mississippi (all times local):

5 p.m.

An investigator has testified that a Mississippi man confessed to stabbing two nuns to death in their home.

LeCarus Oliver, a Mississippi Bureau of Investigation officer, testified Friday during a preliminary hearing for 46-year-old Rodney Earl Sanders of Kosciusko. Sanders is charged with capital murder in the slayings of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill.

Their bodies were found Aug. 25 and Sanders was arrested the next day. He remains jailed without bond, and a municipal judge ruled Friday that there’s enough evidence against Sanders to send the case to a grand jury.

Oliver testified that Sanders’ confession to law enforcement officers was recoded on audio the day Sanders was arrested.

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5:50 a.m.

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.


This story has been corrected to fix the investigating agency’s name to Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.