A 47-year-old man accused of killing a mother and daughter in Bible Hill had to postpone his first court appearance after injuring himself at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility on Monday, according to police.
'Brittany was always so happy and lovable, she could make anyone smile and was always there for you if you needed her.' - Kristen Smith, family friend
Gerald Rushton faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 54-year-old Elizabeth MacPherson and her 24-year-old daughter Brittany MacPherson in Bible Hill.
The two women were found dead in a home on Friday afternoon after police received a 911 call, during which there was silence on the line.
RCMP have not released the causes of death.
Police said Rushton was injured when officers arrived on the scene. He was taken to the hospital and then charged on Saturday.
But officials said he was taken back to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax early Monday morning. Sources tell CBC News Rushton was injured after he jumped over a railing at the Burnside jail. The incident is under review.
Rushton remains in hospital under guard. His case has been put over until he's well enough to attend court.
Police said Ruston and the older MacPherson lived in the home together. They won’t say what the relationship is between the two victims.
Wendell Robbins has lived across the road from the MacPherson house for more than 50 years. He watched Elizabeth MacPherson grow up. He got to like Rushton, who Robbins said was MacPherson's boyfriend, but said he had been acting a little distant in the days before the killings. Still, he can think of no explanation for the crimes.
"I didn't hear anything. I didn't hear an argument, I didn't hear a shot, I didn't hear anything," he said.
"And I want the public to know that he wasn't a monster until something happened dreadfully."
Condolences pour in
Kristen Smith said she was a close friend of Brittany's since the girls were 12 years old. She said she knew both mother and daughter and said the pair were very close.
"They were loved by everyone who knew them. Brittany was always so happy and lovable, she could make anyone smile and was always there for you if you needed her. She had a beautiful personality that will always be missed. Everyone who knew them are suffering at this shocking, unbelievable event," she said.
Condolences are beginning to appear on Facebook and Twitter for the two women.
The district executive director of the Victorian Order of Nurses said Elizabeth MacPherson will be missed at work.
"Elizabeth was a wonderful person and we will all miss her terribly," read a statement from Dawn MacMillan.
"We also know that her clients will miss her warmth and vitality."
RCMP Sgt. Al LeBlanc said investigators will remain on the scene Monday and possibly Tuesday.