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TX- Sex offender commits suicide

7-22-2006 Texas:

A Decatur man committed suicide outside his home in a residential neighborhood Monday evening.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the police department received a phone call from a man who told officers where to locate the body of a suicide victim at 2705 South College Street in the Brookhollow Addition in south Decatur.

Hoskins said he went to the location and found the body of Gerald Merrick, 64, partially in the roadway in front of his home. He had died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A note was found in the home. Hoskins said the note referred to some "bad things" he had done.

Merrick was a registered sex offender, according to the Wise County Sheriff's Office. The aggravated sexual assault, which took place in August of 2003, involved a 4-year-old male. ..more.. by Staff

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