2 Siblings Shot Their Uncle Over $400, The Other Recorded An Audio Lesson About This

It had been just two hrs before sunset on Jan. 15, 2017 whenever a 911 operator in Greene County, Ohio had a call a good hurt lady laying close to a front yard in Yellow Springs, about 15 miles outdoors Dayton.

“I can tell bloodstream appearing out of along side it of her mind,” the caller stated. “It doesn’t seem like she’s breathing.”

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office responded soon after that 3:30 p.m. call and may observe that the victim, later going to be Sherri Mendenhall, 63, had been gone.

“There’s lots of bloodstream,” Greene County Detective Warren Hensley told “Killer Brothers and sisters, airing Fridays at 8/7c on Archiweekend. “She’s got an apparent mind wound.”

The front yard by which she was discovered brought to some side-by-side duplex apartment more than a carport and small gallery. When police force increased the steps towards the apartment level, they might observe that the doorway right-hands apartment was open.

“They went in in order to obvious the apartment,” Greene County Detective Kelly Edwards stated, “to make certain there wasn’t an energetic shooter or someone else requiring assistance.”

Rather, law enforcement found your body assertive within the back bed room, later going to be William “Skip” Brown, 44. He’d been shot several occasions.

They known as for back-up, and when agents in the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Analysis showed up, it had been already beginning to obtain dark. They began with Mendenhall’s body, and observed something immediately.

“Her mind was facing for the road from the house,” Ohio BCI Senior Special Agent Seth Hagaman told “Killer Brothers and sisters.” “It recommended that they was trying to escape the home when she was shot.”

Brown was laying close to the feet of his bed with multiple gunshot wounds investigators observed a spent shotgun covering within the hall outdoors the bed room, and three .9mm bullet casings on the ground from the bed room — one of these switched to have unknown male DNA onto it. Shotgun pellets had hit the headboard, bed mattress, and floor there is bloodstream spatter around the walls and in to the closet just past the feet from the bed.

He’d four gunshot wounds towards the chest the coroner eventually determined that two were from the shotgun and 2 were in the .9mm.

Mendenhall’s apartment, though, was completely undisturbed, as was the gallery that Brown maintained around the bottom floor from the building, that was mostly dedicated towards the work of his grandfather, the professional photographer Axel Bahnsen. (Brown seemed to be a novice professional photographer themself, though he earned his coping with the roofing business he owned.)

But due to the gallery and some reported thefts around the property, Brown had installed a comprehensive camera system. Onto it, investigators could see video from the moment Sherri Mendenhall was wiped out.

“Around the surveillance footage, soon after 3 each morning the night time before, we have seen Sherri Mendenhall running,” Edwards described. “She ran out left for the street. She will get just below the streetlight whenever we see her fall … a male makes view. He’s heading lower the steps in the apartments and that he goes left for the road.”

The person was referred to as a tall, thin, white-colored man transporting a black pistol — but his face wasn’t visible since the cameras were in night mode. It had been the only real proof of the perpetrators around the video system, indicating to investigators that whoever had orchestrated the murders understood concerning the system.

Investigators could determine yet another factor in the video of Mendenhall’s murder: The shot that wiped out her needed range from roof from the carport — 25 yards from where she fell, and ten to twelve ft over the ground outdoors the doorways towards the two apartments.

“It had been one shot fired and wiped out her possibly instantly,” Ohio BCI Special Agent David Hornyak stated. “It appeared just like a heckuva shot.”

Because of the viciousness from the 3:00 a.m. attack on Skip Brown, investigators made the decision he or she must happen to be the intended target, and started searching into current and former employees and associates of his roofing business.

Among individuals former employees was Brown’s step-nephew, Dustin Merrick, 25.  Another contractor told investigators that Brown had known Dustin as his “right hands man” and established that he was integral towards the business — and that’s why he was surprised that Dustin was broken there.

Investigators found that Brown had hired Dustin to assist “him return to his ft” after a little troubles, but needed to fire him within the fall prior to the murders.

“Dustin thought that Skip owed him about $400 for back pay at that time he was fired,” stated Edwards.

Within an initial interview Hornyak and Edwards conducted with Dustin on Jan. 20, 2017, he established that his more youthful brother, Bret Merrick, 24, have been at his put the nights the murders and remained over following the two have been painting that night. He stated Brown had fired him for requesting more standard 9-5 hrs, however that was “kinda the way in which he was.”

Dustin provided a DNA sample upon request “elimination purposes” and, when asked about some National Rifle Association certificates displayed in your home, accepted he were built with a hidden carry permit for any .9mm hand gun as well as owned a .22 caliber rifle along with a “Chinese birdshot gun” (a shotgun of Chinese manufacture). 

Dustin volunteered to allow investigators take away the shotgun for analysis and permitted Hornyak to look at the .9mm hand gun, playboy which held 12 models fully loaded, having a bullet within the chamber, the gun normally held 13 models. However when Hornyak removed the weapon, there have been only nine bullets inside it — four shy of full. Hornyak and Edwards both recognized that, concerning were 4 spent .9mm casings in the scene, they could be holding the murder weapon.

On Jan. 23, the crime lab confirmed the DNA available on among the .9mm casings in Brown’s bed room belonged to Dustin and, the following day, confirmed the .9mm gun they’d grabbed was among the guns which had shot Brown and also the gun which had wiped out Mendenhall.

Since Bret was his brother’s only alibi and also the siblings were considered to be close, investigators suspected it had become Bret around the surveillance video in the crime scene — especially since he was taller and thinner than his older brother.

So, on Jan. 24, 2017 — under ten days following the murder — a Greene County Sheriffs Office SWAT team arrested Dustin Merrick while Hagaman and the other detective requested Bret Merrick in the future in to the Xenia Police Department for any voluntary interview.

Hagaman had what he termed a “relaxed conversation” about Skip Brown — until Hagaman told Bret that his brother continues to be arrested within the murder. At that time, Edwards and Hornyak required within the interview and Edwards lied to Bret, attempting to convince him that Dustin had told police that Bret have been the primary shooter at Skip Brown’s house the night time from the murders.

Though he initially did not accept is as true, Edwards am convincing that Dustin had implicated Bret the latter folded, telling Edwards and Hornyak, “F–k that guy.”

Then he gave police a confession.

Based on Bret, he did review to Dustin’s house around 9:00 p.m. on Jan. 14 to color — but his brother had been drunk as he showed up. They colored and drank until well past night time, when Bret heard the doorway open and shut and went outdoors to determine Dustin stepping into his vehicle.

“He’s just speaking about work: ‘Got to accomplish this, it’s essential,'” Bret told Edwards and Hornyak. “I understood he was angry…. I figured he would threaten Skip.”

Bret stated she got in to the vehicle together with his brother, “since i didn’t determine if I possibly could help him. I did not determine if I possibly could keep him from trouble.” However when they parked well behind Brown’s house, Dusti entered his truck and also got out a gun.

“Dustin had the shotgun on his back,” he added. “That’s after i increased to him and I’m like, ‘What the fuck is happening?’ He’d a .9mm … I were built with a .40 cal. Dustin provided that .40 cal. He handed me the gun because Dustin was on the mission. I required his hand gun. I’d the gun to make certain nobody shot him.”

The 2 men rose to the roof from the carport to prevent Skip Brown’s video security cameras and joined his unlocked apartment. Bret stated he hid in the kitchen area behind a wall to safeguard his brother and viewed Dustin advance on Skip Brown’s bed room before hearing gunshots.

“After which I heard a lady,” Bret stated. “She was saying, ‘What’s happening? What’s happening?'”

Bret claimed then he fired in to the door to scare Sheri Mendenhall, who ran lower the steps for the street. Dustin, he stated, emerged in the bed room and gave chase.

“Dustin takes the pistol, and shoots it, and she or he falls,” he stated. “He was afraid that they understood who he was.”

After his confession, Bret Merrick was charged with the murders of Sherri Mendenhall and Skip Brown and investigators conducted a warranted search of his place, where they retrieved his mobile phone. Onto it, recorded soon after the murders, was Bret Merrick sing-rapping.

“I usually talk a large game however i really i never thought I possibly could get it done,” he half-croons within the recording. “When the time comes to demonstrate it, as it happens I truly exaggerate it.”

“Very crazy,” described Edwards. “Bret had designed a song singing concerning the homicides. You cannot do that and never possess some evil in your soul.”

Dustin was eventually charged with counts of irritated murder, while Brett was billed with two counts of complicity to irritated murder, complicity to irritated burglary, and felonious assault. Both were billed with tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice. The 2 siblings were facing the dying penalty but, in Sept. 2018, required plea deals.

Dustin Merrick, smiling, pleaded guilty to 2 counts of irritated murder, two counts of irritated burglary, one count of legal tampering with evidence, and something count of legal obstruction of justice. He was was sentenced to existence without the potential of parole for that murders, having a concurrent 11-year sentence around the burglary charges and 3 years for each one of the other charges. Bret Merrick pleaded guilty to 2 counts of involuntary wrongful death and it was sentenced to twenty five years. He isn’t qualified for parole until 2042 — also is when his sentence ends.

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Written by Stephanie Green

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