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Ex-boyfriend charged in Rotterdam deaths
ROTTERDAM -- A twenty-six count indictment is handed up against Brice Rivenburgh, a suspect in the homicide investigation of Tammy and Jessica McCormack. The mother and daughter were found dead in their home in Rotterdam on April 10.
Rivenburgh was originally charged with burglary in the case. He now faces murder counts, a rape count, burglary, robbery, and tampering with physical evidence.
Prosecutors believe Rivenburgh entered the McCormack home three times on or around April 9 and 10. The first time, prosecutors believe Rivenburgh raped Jessica, murdered her and her mother, and stole a television. They say Rivenburgh returned and stole food and food storage containers. On the third entry, the suspect is accused of setting fire to the mattress and bedding in Jessica McCormack's room. Both victims were found in their respective bedrooms at the home on Inner Drive.
Rivenburgh is also accused of setting papers on fire near the crime scene. Police used those papers to find Rivenburgh at his home on Oaklawn Avenue in Rotterdam, saying his name was found on an unburned part of those papers.
Schenectady County District Attorney Bob Carney says Rivenburgh also sent text messages to Jessica McCormack after her death, so investigators would think Rivenburgh believed the younger McCormack was still alive.
Carney said Rivenburgh and Jessica McCormack had an off-again, on-again relationship, and something may have happened at some point to anger Rivenburgh.
Rivenburgh will be arraigned Wednesday in Schenectady County Court. He could face life in prison without parole if convicted.