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Thursday, June 18, 2009

[IL] Convicted for domestic (wife) battery, Police Sgt. Merritt resigns

...Merritt was convicted even though his wife testified that it never happened... A 911 recording played in court contained Merritt's sobbing wife telling a dispatcher that Merritt had hit her on the side of the head and had threatened to kill her. She refused to tell the dispatcher where he worked as a police officer but said he had hit her before...

Where is she now? Who is reaching out to her?

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ALGONQUIN COP CONVICTED OF DOMESTIC BATTERY RESIGNS
Northwest Herald
By DIANA SROKA - dsroka@nwherald.com
June 17, 2009
[Excerpts] An Algonquin police sergeant who was convicted of domestic battery last month has resigned. Wade Merritt, 46, submitted his resignation from the Algonquin Police Force last week, Police Chief Russell Laine said. "It has been accepted," Laine said. "It's effective today." Merritt, of the Oakwood Hills area, allegedly hit his wife of seven years on the left side of her head hard enough that she fell to the ground March 4. Merritt was convicted even though his wife testified that it never happened. However, Merritt's 10-year-old son testified that he saw his father raise his hand and saw his stepmother lying on the hallway floor soon thereafter... "He made a decision that it was in his best interest to resign, ... and now the police commission will not be holding a hearing," Laine said... [Full article here]

ALGONQUIN COP RESIGNS
Northwest Herald
By DIANA SROKA - dsroka@nwherald.com
June 18, 2009
[Excerpts] ...Before his resignation, Merritt had been suspended without pay for more than a month by police commissioners. They were scheduled to discuss the fate of his job at a termination hearing Wednesday, but now won't need to... A 911 recording played in court contained Merritt's sobbing wife telling a dispatcher that Merritt had hit her on the side of the head and had threatened to kill her. She refused to tell the dispatcher where he worked as a police officer but said he had hit her before. McHenry County Judge Gordon Graham convicted Merritt of a single count of domestic battery, and said the son offered "almost a classic case" of collaborative evidence... [Full article here]
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