ROTTERDAM, N.Y. - Authorities investigating the double murder of a woman and her daughter inside their Rotterdam home have charged the daughter's ex-boyfriend with a 26-count indictment including murder, rape, tampering with evidence, arson, and larceny.
The Rotterdam Police Department, New York State Police and the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office announced 28-year-old Brice Rivenburgh faces four charges of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, first-degree rape, and sexual abuse in connection to the killings of 52-year-old Tammy McCormack and her daughter, 23-year-old Jessica McCormack.
Police were called to the Inner Drive home in Rotterdam just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 10th for the report of a small fire. Upon arrival, officials discovered the two bodies in upstairs bedrooms of the home.
Rivenburgh, of Oaklawn Avenue in Rotterdam, was initially arrested on a burglary charge after the slayings and has been behind bars since his arrest.
"There were three separate entries into the McCormack residence. During the first entry, that he caused the death of both Tammy and Jessica and also stole a television set," Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said.
Carney says Rivenburgh went back into the house twice after killing them, taking among other things food containers and then trying to set fire to the home.
"He was burning a shirt that he was wearing at the time of the crime and a document which had his name on it," Carney said. "It was the fact that his name wasn't burned when the patrol officer got to it that he as able to identify it as potentially belonging to Rivenburgh." He says officers then found Rivenburgh shirtless in his car outside his home.
Carney says Tuesday that Rivenburgh faces arson and evidence tampering charges for trying to cover up the slayings.
He says investigators do not believe that Rivenburgh forced entry into the home. "Certainly, he had been there in the past, if not the recent past," he said.
Carney says Rivenburgh and Jessica McCormack had an "on again, off again" relationship for a couple of years, but recently had a falling out.
He says Rivenburgh raped the young woman and set fire to her bed. Carney wouldn't say how the women were killed.
Authorities still call it an "active investigation" against Rivenburgh.
He will be arraigned on the new charges at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Schenectady County Court.
Tammy McCormack was employed as an assistant in the human resources department with the Schenectady School District. The McCormack family is also the co-owner of Lyle's Hoagies in Schenectady.