UPDATE - RCMP lay charges in double murder in Colchester County

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RCMP Northeast Nova Major Crime Unit has charged a man after the deaths of two women in Bible Hill on Friday.
Gerald Rushton, 47, has been charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Elizabeth MacPherson, 54, and Brittany MacPherson, 24.
After he was released from the QEII on Saturday evening, Gerald Rushton was formally charged and remanded into custody to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility.   He will be appearing in Truro provincial court on Monday, Dec. 30.

By Monique Chiasson


RCMP confirmed earlier Saturday that an incident in a home in the Colchester County community of Valley on Friday that left two women dead, was a double homicide.

In a news release, RCMP confirmed two women died on Friday as the result of a “violent” incident at 492 Pictou Rd. The cause of death was not released Saturday and according to the news release, autopsies were to take place on Sunday.

RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae said one adult female and a 47-year-old man, who was taken into custody and then taken to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, lived at the Pictou Road residence.

“We believe that the three people found in the residence, two of the deceased females and the male that was taken into custody, are known to each other,” said MacRae, adding the man is “still in hospital under police observation … we believe now (his injuries are) not life-threatening.”

The RCMP Northeast Nova Major Crime Unit, medical examiner office, and a forensics team continue to work on the case. RCMP have not released names of the people involved in the incident.

Although police would not confirm the identity of the victims, outside sources have confirmed one of the deceased females is Elizabeth MacPherson.

Specific details of the case have not been confirmed by police as the investigation is still underway.

On Friday, police received a 911 call just after 3 p.m. to respond to 492 Pictou Rd. Two females were found deceased and an adult male was taken into custody and transported to Colchester East Hants Health Centre with serious injuries.

Organizations: Colchester hospital, RCMP, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Pictou Road

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