McKinney murder suspect commits suicide at Allen overpass

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Posted on April 28, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 1:42 PM

MCKINNEY - Eric Merz, who was accused of killing his wife at their McKinney residence last month, took his own life on Sunday afternoon.

Merz, 42, jumped from the Highway 121 overpass at U.S. 75, Allen police said. Highway traffic was delayed during the investigation.

Merz was arrested on March 6 after his wife Mary Beth was found dead by their daughter. She had been shot six times.

Eric Merz was found wounded at the same location.

Earlier this month, Merz was released on bond after completing a 30-day substance abuse program. His lawyer argued that Merz should be allowed to return to his home, but some neighbors believing him to be dangerous expressed concern at a Collin County courtroom last week.

Mary Ann Solano, who lives across the street from the Merz home, said she wasn't worried about his return.

"No, I wouldn't have been concerned because I saw him how he was prior to that," she said. "It's like a completely different person." 

She described him as personable before the incident in March.

"Just in shock, just can't believe it," she said of hearing the news he was dead.

Another resident, who didn't want to give her name, told News 8 Merz was at her home and spoke to her husband the same day he took his life. She said he showed no signs that he was contemplating suicide. She also said neighbors she knew did not want to see Merz dead and were looking forward to justice in the case of his wife's death.

WFAA's Marcus Moore contributed to this report

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