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Feds searching for disbarred attorney wanted for mother’s murder

Posted: 4:11 PM, Feb 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-07 19:38:37-05

U.S. Marshals are asking the public to be on the look-out for a disbarred attorney who is wanted in connection with his mother’s murder.

Richard Merritt
Courtesy US Marshal Service

Richard Merritt also removed an ankle monitor and failed to surrender for a 30-year sentence. Merritt’s mother was found violently killed, and her vehicle is missing. Authorities found his vehicle at the scene, marshals say.

Merritt’s mother was murdered in DeKalb County, Georgia. He was being monitored by law enforcement via an ankle monitor and was supposed to surrender for his sentence on February 1, marshals say.

He had been convicted of stealing money from clients and elder abuse.

On Feb. 2, Merritt’s elderly mother was found dead.

The 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.

If you see him, marshals say, do not try to engage him. Instead, contact law enforcement immediately.