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.

NewsChannel 11 News Story Archives-2007
Looking for a story, then search our archives. They are organized by the month and the day that they aired.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Mexico quake rescuers race to free girl, other survivors

    Mexico quake rescuers race to free girl, other survivors

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 2:33 AM EDT2017-09-20 06:33:01 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 9:28 PM EDT2017-09-21 01:28:50 GMT

    The earthquake struck on the 32nd anniversary of a 1985 temblor that killed thousands and came just two hours after earthquake drills were held across Mexico to mark the date.

    The earthquake struck on the 32nd anniversary of a 1985 temblor that killed thousands and came just two hours after earthquake drills were held across Mexico to mark the date.

  • Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

    Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 3:55 AM EDT2017-09-20 07:55:20 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 9:27 PM EDT2017-09-21 01:27:01 GMT

    Hurricane Maria ties for the eighth strongest storm in Atlantic history, when measured by wind speed. 

    Hurricane Maria ties for the eighth strongest storm in Atlantic history, when measured by wind speed. 

  • Trump: GOP health bill short of votes before deadline

    Trump: GOP health bill short of votes before deadline

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 4:24 AM EDT2017-09-20 08:24:59 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 9:26 PM EDT2017-09-21 01:26:45 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to the media, accompanied by Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol H...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to the media, accompanied by Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol H...

    In a sign he remained short of votes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused on Tuesday to commit to bringing the legislation up for a vote.

    In a sign he remained short of votes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused on Tuesday to commit to bringing the legislation up for a vote.

Powered by Frankly