SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (WGCL) - The ex-wife of a fugitive former attorney suspected of killing his mother says she and her children are terrified he'll show up.
On the day he was supposed to begin serving a
prison sentence for fraud, police say disbarred Georgia attorney Richard
Merritt killed his own mother.
A nationwide manhunt has been underway ever since.
Merritt’s ex-wife and children are in protective custody.
"We are scared, we've been hiding, we have protection from the US Marshals office,” Dr. Merritt said.
says her ex led a double life, was a verbally abusive drunk and
allegedly snapped on Feb. 2, when he allegedly killed his own mother.
That was the same day he was set to turn himself over to authorities for a 15-year prison sentence for defrauding clients.
"I think he was drunk and I think he told her he wasn't going,” Dr. Merritt said.
says she believes others are helping Merritt evade capture. Dr. Merritt
added that she's fearful of how a confrontation with police will end.
"I think suicide is a possibility,” she said. “He destroyed us with what he did."
The US Marshals service is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to Merritt's capture.
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