Slain McKinney Mother Found by Child

Child saw mother through window and ran to home of neighbor, who called 911

By Catherine Ross
|  Thursday, Mar 7, 2013  |  Updated 6:28 PM CDT
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McKinney police say Eric Merz was found unresponsive after he shot and killed his wife Wednesday. Merz was arrested and charged with murder, his bond is set at $150,000.

Catherine Ross, NBC 5 Collin County Reporter

McKinney police say Eric Merz was found unresponsive after he shot and killed his wife Wednesday. Merz was arrested and charged with murder, his bond is set at $150,000.

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A McKinney mother allegedly shot by her husband was found after one of her children saw her lying on the floor through a window of their home, police said Thursday.

First responders found Mary "Beth" Merz dead of apparent gunshot wounds at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Her husband, Eric Merz, is charged with murder in her death.

Sgt. Chad Baker said one of the couple's children looked in a window after coming home and saw Beth Mertz lying unresponsive on the floor. The child ran to a neighbor's home, and the neighbor called 911.

Police said Eric Merz was found unresponsive on the floor of the home's study. Merz, who was transported to Baylor Medical Center in McKinney, was later arrested.

Neighbors said they believed the family was in some financial stress and said they are worried about the couple's two children.

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"It's just sad," Ray Solano said. "The young boy was very tearful yesterday afternoon."

Solano said the Merzes seemed family-oriented and very involved with their children.

Court records show that Eric Merz was previously arrested in 2001 in San Antonio and charged with assault against a spouse.

He pleaded no contest and completed community service hours.

Merz is being held in the Collin County Detention Center on a $150,000 bond.

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