Disbarred Georgia attorney wanted for mother's 'violent' murder

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    U.S. Marshals have requested the public's help locating a man accused of violently murdering his mother in DeKalb County, Georgia on Saturday. His mother's death occurred a day after he removed an ankle monitor and failed to surrender for a previous conviction, U.S. Marshals say.

    Richard V. Merritt, a disbarred attorney, was sentenced to 30 years in jail in Cobb County, Georgia for stealing money from clients and elder abuse. The day after he failed to surrender, officials found his car at his mother's home, where she had been "violently killed." Her car was missing, U.S. Marshals say.

    Officials believe Merritt may be driving a 2009 silver Lexus RX350 with the Georgia tag CBV6004. He may have altered his appearance by shaving his head or other means. He should not be approached, as he is considered armed and dangerous.

    Anyone who sees him or has information on his whereabouts is strongly urged to contact law enforcement immediately.

    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 emailed to usms.wanted@usdoj.gov.

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