Monday, April 29, 2013 , Updated 3:00 p.m., April 29, 2013
Reports: McKinney murder suspect jumped off Allen overpass, killing himself
Merz was out on bond, waiting on his trial.
ALLEN A man charged with murdering his wife last month died Sunday afternoon after police say he jumped off the State Highway 121 overpass in Allen.
Police received a call shortly before 4 p.m. from someone who said they saw a man jump off SH 121 onto U.S. Highway 75. Authorities soon identified the man as Eric Merz, 42.
Merz was out on $150,000 bond following his arrest March 6 for allegedly shooting his wife, 44-year-old Mary Beth Merz, at their Mallard Lakes subdivision home in McKinney.
That day, police said Merz’s daughter came home from school and saw through a front window her mother, Mary Beth, lying on the floor inside. The girl told a neighbor the situation, and the neighbor called 911.
After seeing Mary Beth upon arrival, police forced their way into the house and quickly discovered she was dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Police later confirmed she had been shot five times.
Police also found Eric unresponsive on the floor of the nearby study. He was transported to Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, then later charged with murdering his wife and transported to the Collin County jail.
Merz was released on bond and ordered to complete a 30-day substance abuse treatment program, according to a WFAA report. An emergency protective order, signed the day following his arrest, prevented Merz from returning to his McKinney home. The Dallas Morning News reported that Merz’s attorney said Merz had been living in a local hotel.
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