Real Name: David Allen 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 stairs to the third floor. Employee Juanita Lackey forgot her keys to the building and was let in by secretary Roxanne Leeterman at 7:30AM. The two women went to the elevator and when it opened, discovered forty-two-year-old 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. David had been shot in he back of the head, execution style. He left behind a new wife and two children.
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.
David's desk calendar confirmed that he was planning to meet Sam at 6:30AM on the morning of his murder. 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 Sam did this so he 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: Solved. In 2007, the prime suspect in David's murder committed suicide after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Police did not publicly identify him, but have since closed the case, believing that the suspect was responsible. David's niece confirmed that the unidentified suspect was the killer. The suspect's reasons for killing David are unknown.
- David's case on Unsolved.com
- Sitcoms Online Discussion on David's Case
- David Merrifield at Find a Grave