GA - The U.S. Marshals-led Southeast Regional Fugitive Task
Force is currently searching for a man wanted for the murder of his
mother in DeKalb County, Georgia, after removing an ankle monitor and
failing to appear and surrender himself to authorities for a previous
conviction in Cobb County.
Richard V. Merritt, a disbarred
attorney, was being monitored by law enforcement via an ankle monitor
and was scheduled to surrender Feb. 1 after being sentenced to 30 years
in jail in Cobb County, where he had been convicted of stealing money
from clients and elder abuse.
On Feb. 2, Merritt's elderly
mother was found dead, having been violently killed. Her vehicle was
missing and Merritt’s vehicle was recovered at the scene.
vehicle he may be driving is a 2009 silver Lexus RX350, bearing a
Georgia tag CBV 6004. He may have shaved his head or otherwise changed
his appearance, and should be considered armed and dangerous. Do not try
to engage him. If you see Merritt, please contact law enforcement
For further information please contact the
Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force at
(770) 508-2500. Tip information may also be called in to the U.S.
Marshals at 1-877-Wanted-2 (1-877-926-8332)
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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