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US Marshals search for attorney wanted for murder

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The U.S. Marshals-led Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is searching for a man wanted for the murder of his mother in DeKalb County, Georgia.

The man has removed an ankle monitor and has failed to appear and surrender himself to authorities for a previous conviction in Cobb County.  

Richard V. Merritt, a disbarred attorney, was being monitored by law enforcement via an ankle monitor and was scheduled to surrender Feb. 1 after being sentenced to 30 years in jail in Cobb County, where he had been convicted of stealing money from clients and elder abuse.

On Feb. 2, Merritt's elderly mother was found dead, having been violently killed, according to law enforcement. 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.

Law enforcement said he may have shaved his head or changed his appearance, and should be considered armed and dangerous. The public is asked not to engage with him.

Anyone who sees him is asked to contact law enforcement immediately.  

For more information, 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.