U.S. Marshals search for disgraced attorney accused of killing mother

Richard Merritt | Image Source: U.S. Marshal Service
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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - A disgraced attorney who is accused of killing his mother is a fugitive from the law and might be in the southeastern United States.

A U.S. Marshals task force is searching for Richard Merritt. Authorities said he removed his ankle monitor after failing to appear and surrender himself to officers for a previous conviction in Cobb County, GA.

Merritt was being monitored by law enforcement and was scheduled to surrender on Feb. 1 after being sentenced to 30 years in jail. He was convicted of stealing money from his clients and elder abuse.

On Feb. 2, Merritt's elderly mother was found dead, having been violently killed, U.S. Marshals said. Her vehicle was missing and Merritt’s vehicle was recovered at the scene.

The vehicle he may be driving is a 2009 silver Lexus RX350, bearing a Georgia tag CBV 6004.

Investigators said he may have shaved his head or otherwise changed his appearance and should be considered armed and dangerous.

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 usms.wanted@usdoj.gov.

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