A man convicted again in the slaying of a Hagerstown police officer in 1975 has been sentenced to life in prison a second time.
Almost 40 years have passed since a Talbot County Circuit Court jury found Merle W. Unger Jr. guilty of first-degree felony murder in the December 1975 shooting of Hagerstown police officer Donald Kline.
The retrial of a man convicted of murdering a Hagerstown police officer has produced the same verdict as in 1976: guilty of first-degree felony murder.
More than 35 years after his initial conviction, a western Maryland man will have to wait another week to hear a judge’s verdict in a retrial of his December 1975 murder case.
He once was dubbed “a mild mannered escape artist” by the Gettysburg Times in a 1981 article about his flight from the Patuxent Institution in Jessup, Md. At the time, it was his sixth prison break in 10 years. He was 32.
A Maryland judge has made rulings on evidence ahead of a new trial for a man convicted of the 1975 killing of an off-duty Hagerstown police officer.
A new trial has been scheduled for a man serving a life sentence for killing an off-duty Hagerstown police officer in 1975.
Maryland’s highest court is ordering a new trial for a prison escape artist convicted of killing a Hagerstown police officer in 1975.