MARCH 9, 2005 - Updated at 8:32 p.m. CST
EARLE, AR - A suspect has been charged with a series of rapes of elderly women in the Crittenden County town of Earle.
Authorities say evidence from the crime lab has linked 25-year-old Richard Edward Merritt to attacks in 2003 and 2004. Ages of the three victims are; 71, 84 and 94. Merritt appeared in West Memphis district court via a television link on Wednesday afternoon.
He is charged with multiple crimes including:
- 3 counts of rape
- 2 counts of kidnapping
- 3 counts of burglary
- 1 count theft, motor vehicle
- 1 violation of parole