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Two Spotsylvania homicide stories happen on same day

Two Spotsylvania, Va. cases in relation to murder occurred last month on May 18 – one an actual killing, the other was a sentencing.

Washington, D.C. news station WUSA9 reported that Alaina Mercer, 25, and her wife Christina Brown, appeared in court June 2 facing murder charges. The women allegedly killed Alaina’s mother, Nancy Mercer on May 18 at her home. A domestic dispute was the possible motive for the murder. The couple married in Washington, D.C.

Nancy Mercer was a nurse at Medstar Washington Hospital Center. WUSA9 further stated in a report –

When Nancy didn't show up for work at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, her coworkers knew something was wrong.

"Having been a long time nurse up in D.C., she was known for being punctual, when she went to work," says Captain Jeff Pearce with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Department.

"On the day of the murder she was due to be in work at 7:00p.m. to work the 7-to-7 shift, and when she didn't show up and her coworkers weren't able to contact her, they contacted the sheriff's office. Our deputies went out to conduct a welfare check, when they arrived they discovered the crime scene."

Both women are being held without bond.

View the WUSA9 video for more on this story.

Spotsylvania sentencing reported a 19-year-old man was given a sentence of 40 years for killing his mother, 61-year-old Susan Robertson.

Reporter Keith Epps stated in his article that Matthew Charles Robertson was on drugs when he stabbed her on Dec. 18, 2010.

In giving Robertson the maximum penalty, (Judge David) Beck told him he had “disrespected and desecrated” the love his family had given him.

More on this story can be read below.

Spotsylvania is also a county and located in Northern Virginia. The drive is about an hour and 20 minutes depending on traffic from the nation’s capital.

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