Suit Identifies Suspect In Merimon & Harrelson Case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/4/08

Suit Identifies Suspect In Merimon & Harrelson Case

A civil lawsuit reveals new details in the disappearance of Peggy Merimon and the death of Kay Harrelson.  Merimon disappeared from the Lubbock State School on August 9, 2006. Witnesses saw her leave with co-worker Kay Harrelson, and an unidentified man.

Merimon has never been found. Volunteer searchers discovered Harrelson's body 11-days later in a bar-ditch near Shallowater.  Monday, a civil lawsuit filed by both families identifies the person who they say killed their loved ones.

Since the start of their investigation, police have never named a suspect, but they did release a sketch of the person who witnesses say the women left with.  Now, the wrongful death suit identifies the suspect as Mickey Patterson.

The lawsuit claims Patterson lured Merimon and Harrelson from the Lubbock State School on August 9, 2006. It goes on to say that Patterson held them against their will, and ultimately killed them and hid their bodies.

The families say Patterson's actions constitute malice, saying he had specific intent to cause substantial injury to Merimon, Harrelson, and their families. They're asking that a citation be issued and served on Patterson and that after a final hearing, the court award damages for all they've suffered. It does not state a specific amount, but asks that the court tax all costs against Patterson.

NewsChannel 11 told you last year that the suspect was terminated from his employment with the Lubbock State School in late August.  State Representative Delwin Jones lead the push to either put him back to work or fire him, after we discovered the suspect, now named as Patterson in the wrongful death law suit, made more than $44,000 during a year of paid leave.

We want to point out that this is a civil suit.  No criminal charges have been filed in this case.  NewsChannel 11 will keep you updated.

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