Merle W. Unger Jr.
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.
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.