Statement, Ballistics Excluded In Guilty FindingAlmost 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.
Md. Man Will Wait Another Week For Retrial Verdict In 1975 Cop 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.
New Trial Set For Repeat Prison Escapee Charged In 1975 Cop SlayingHe 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.