Ever wondered what no self-control or morals looked like?? Well you’re looking at it…….
The man above is currently on trial after shooting a bar patron at Friend’s Sporting Bar and Grill. But if you thought that was bad…..wait until you hear about the part where he cut out a chunk of the man’s chest, and took a bite of it!!!
Yes, “WTF?!?” is right.
Read more below:
Herbert Mike Merritt “was on a mission” to get a beer at a neighborhood bar when he shot a fellow patron and later carved a chunk of the slain man’s flesh and took a bite, a witness testified Tuesday.
“There wasn’t anything that was going to stop him from getting a beer,” Douglas Statzer testified in Knox County Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz’s courtroom. “He looked like a man determined to do what he had to do to have a beer, like he was on a mission.”
Merritt is standing trial on a first-degree murder charge in the June 2008 slaying of Anthony Laymon “Tony” Ford, 45, inside the Friends Sports Bar & Grill in Halls. Merritt’s attorney, Phil Lomonaco, contends that his client was in a psychotic state after failing to take his medicine, evidenced by the fact that Merritt carved a chunk of Ford’s chest to eat. Prosecutor Kyle Hixson counters that Merritt was angry after a spat with his girlfriend and spoiling for a fight.
Statzer testified that Merritt hugged him when he walked in but grew angry and defiant when Statzer reminded him that he had been barred from the bar for brandishing a knife.
“Mike said he wanted a (expletive) beer, and he wanted a (expletive) beer right now,” Statzer said.
Susie Jacobs, an off-duty employee sitting next to Ford at the bar, said she told Merritt, whom bar patrons already had dubbed “Mad Max,” to leave. When Ford and others came to her side as Merritt refused, Merritt flung off his leather jacket, whipped out a gun and shot Ford, she said.
As bar patrons scattered, Statzer said Merritt turned to him and repeated his demand for a beer. Statzer said he grabbed a brew from the bartender and gave it to Merritt, who left but quickly returned with a shotgun.
Statzer managed to talk his way out of the bar, leaving Merritt and Ford behind.
As Merritt holed up in the bar and Knox County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT team surrounded it, Friends employee Tina Ellison phoned the business to check on the bartender. Merritt answered, she said.
“I said, ‘Why did you do that?’ ” she said of shooting Ford. “He said he was mad at his girlfriend.”
Ellison said she begged Merritt to drag Ford’s body to the door so he could be rescued and get help.
“He said it was too late,” she said. “He told me he was trying to cut (Ford’s) heart out.”
Ford was shot six times, slashed and stabbed. The “heart” Merritt nibbled on was actually a fist-sized chunk of flesh, the remains of which Merritt left on the bar.
Wow. No words….