Manhunt for Richard Merritt ends in Nashville

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Former Georgia attorney Richard Merritt, convicted of defrauding clients out of settlement money, is now accused of murdering his mother moments before a nationwide manhunt began.

It was almost eight months to the day between the time Richard Merritt left his mother’s house in Cobb County, Georgia, and was captured by federal authorities at a thrift store in Nashville.

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Frank Lempka has been the U.S. Marshals spokesman for the case since its start in February, he says the Marshals closed in on Merritt’s whereabouts in the music city after local authorities located the Lexus that belonged to his mother.

“Investigators from the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force worked in conjunction with U.S. Marshals Nashville office to take Merritt into custody on Monday.”

Speculation surrounding Richard’s whereabouts ranged from anywhere on the globe. It was a close relative who thought that he might not have been as far as federal authorities suspected. Turns out, she wasn’t wrong … News 25’s Tanner Stewart brings us the full story.