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CrimeManhunt on for Disbarred Lawyer Accused of Killing His Mother

23:55  11 february  2019
23:55  11 february  2019 Source:   insideedition.com

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Nationwide manhunt for 'armed and dangerous' corrupt lawyer who 'stabbed his mother to death' A Supreme Court Judge accepted his request to have seven days to sort out his 'personal affairs' but He was disbarred after 18 years in 2018, after he pleaded guilty to stealing ,000 from one client.

A nationwide manhunt is underway for a Georgia lawyer who police say killed his own mother . Richard Merritt, 44, was supposed to turn himself Instead, police say, Merritt cut off his ankle monitor and killed his mother , Shirley, by stabbing her to death with a steak knife in Dekalb County on Feb.

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A nationwide manhunt is underway for a Georgia lawyer who police say killed his own mother.

Richard Merritt, 44, was supposed to turn himself in to Cobb County authorities earlier this month to serve a 15-year sentence behind bars after pleading guilty to stealing $500,000 from his elderly clients.

Instead, police say, Merritt cut off his ankle monitor and killed his mother, Shirley, by stabbing her to death with a steak knife in Dekalb County on Feb. 2 before stealing her car and fleeing the area. He's been on the run ever since, according to officials.

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Once you kill anyone, it's easier for you to kill someone else, especially if you kill your own mother . Reporter: The 44-year-old, convicted in January of stealing from clients and elder abuse, sentenced to 15 years behind bars Now Playing: Nationwide manhunt for disbarred lawyer suspected of murder.

He was due to turn himself in, but allegedly killed her and stole her car. Prosecutors say Richard Merritt was convicted of a crime a year ago; his mom, with whom he was living, who posted his bail.

Merritt's brother, Robert, urged his sibling to surrender Saturday.

Manhunt on for Disbarred Lawyer Accused of Killing His Mother© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Cops have launched a nationwide search for 44-year-old Richard Merritt, who pleaded guilty to stealing $500,000 from elderly clients and who they say cut off his ankle bracelet and stabbed his mother to death with a steak knife. "You need to face the consequences of the criminal behavior that you were sentenced for ... and now you certainly need to be held accountable for the brutal murder of our mother," he told ABC News.

The U.S. Marshals are now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

"He could be dangerous to anyone because if he killed his own mother what's to stop him from hurting anybody else?" Marshal Frank Lempka, who's leading the manhunt for Merritt, told Inside Edition.


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