David merrifield1

David Marifield from Unsolved Mysteries Website

Real Name: David Merrifield (sometimes mispelled Marifield)
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Dallas, Texas
Date: February 9, 1995


Details: On Thursday February 9, 1995, at 7am attorney Clint Blackman arrived at his Dallas office building and took the stair to the third floor. 7:30 am Juanita Lackey forgot her keys to the building and was let in by secretary Roxanne Leeterman. The two women went to the elevator and when it opened, discovered attorney David Merrifield, shot in the head, lying on the floor. The two women went to Clint who went to the elevator, saw David's body, and called the police. At first, it was believed that a robbery was the motive, until David's missing wallet was discovered a few miles away with everything still inside. Police next looked into the last few hours of David's life and they discovered that he had been murdered the same day he was supposed to meet with a mysterious client named Sam Jones. On the day before his death, David received several calls from the man, some of them taken by his secretary, who asked him what he was for, but he would not say. David spoke to Sam Jones for about 10 minutes, and when he was done talking his secretary asked her and he said that Sam wanted to do something for him. Authorities discovered that David was going to meet Sam earlier in the morning than he ever would have arrived at work, which was strange for his co-workers. They believe he did this so Sam could get David alone and kill him. Police believe that he might have been lured by Jones to the elevator on the day of his murder, and then killed him for unknown reasons. Jones has never been identified. Nobody heard from Jones afterwards and it is believed that if he was not responsible, he would have resurfaced and said that he was unable to meet with David. The murder remains unsolved. A $10,000 reward is being offered in the case.
Suspects: Sam Jones is the prime suspect, but police believe that this is an alias. On the morning of the murder, an eyewitness saw a half ton pickup truck parked in front of David's office building. It was a black Ford, about eight to ten years old. The man was a heavyset white male who was in his early 50s and was apparently waiting for David. He and Sam Jones have never been identified, but authorities believe they are the same person.
Extra Notes: This segment ran for the first time on December 1, 1995.
Results: Unresolved. In 2007, the prime suspect in David's murder commited suicide. Police did not publicly identify him, but have since closed the case.

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