UPDATE: Man charged with murder in Truro-area deaths

Monique Chiasson
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Updated: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 29

RCMP Northeast Nova Major Crime Unit has charged a 47-year-old man with murder after the deaths of two women in Bible Hill.

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 hospital last night, Rushton was formally charged and remanded into custody to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility.   He is expected to appear in Truro Provincial Court Dec. 30.


By Monique Chaisson

TC Media

Local residents are expressing their shock and disbelief over what RCMP confirmed on Dec. 28 as a double homicide in Valley, Colchester County.

In a news release, RCMP confirmed two women died Dec. 27 as the result of a “violent” incident at 492 Pictou Rd. The cause of death has not been released. Autopsies were to take place Dec. 29.

RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae said one woman 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.”

A Valley resident, who wished to remain anonymous, but said she lives behind the house at 492 Pictou Rd. where the women were found dead Dec. 27, said the community has traditionally been a safe place.

“It’s startling … this is a community that leaves doors unlocked,” the woman said Dec. 28 morning, adding “but nothing surprises me” in the times we live in.

However, she said, “despite what happened, I still feel safe.”

George Jbeili, manager of Ravana Pizza Ltd. on Pictou Road, said his business has often delivered food to people at the residence.

“They seem to be very nice people. For a small community it’s a shock. It’s a very quiet community … there’s never any issue here. It’s not as much scary as shocking,” said Jbeili, who has lived in Bible Hill for eight years.

Bible Hill resident Jim Barry said he used to live next door to where the incident happened about five years ago.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s horrible but this time of year there’s stress on people … it’s a sad situation,” Barry said.

MacRae told TC Media the investigation is continuing, however no new information was available Sunday morning. MacRae was hoping to have more information later in the day.

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.

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

Dec. 27, police received a 911 call just after 3 p.m. to respond to 492 Pictou Rd. Two women were found deceased and a man was taken into custody and transported to Colchester East Hants Health Centre with serious injuries.

Organizations: RCMP, Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Ravana Pizza

Geographic location: Pictou Road, Truro, Bible Hill

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