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Puyallup man convicted of killing roomate, violating her remains

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm with 12 Comments »
March 29, 2012 5:59 pm

A man charged with fatally shooting his roommate and violating her remains before burying her body in a wooded area of Graham was convicted today.

Kelly Merz, 51, of Puyallup was found guilty of first-degree murder and sexually violating human remains in connection with the Sept. 11, 2011 death of 33-year-old Cori Lewis. He faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced April 20.

Lewis and a friend were renting a room in Merz’s apartment when he gave her an eviction notice. During an argument about the eviction, Merz tried unsuccessfully to break her neck and then shot her in the head.

Merz then took her body to a forested trail in Puyallup and was preparing to dig a grave when a passerby noticed scratches on his face and arms and reported his erratic behavior to Pierce County sheriff’s deputies.

Merz left the scene after speaking with a deputy and later returned to retrieve Lewis’ body. Prosecutors said neither the deputy nor the passerby saw the body because it was hidden 15 feet from the trail.

He then dug a shallow grave somewhere off 224th Street East in Graham, took Lewis’ clothes off and kissed her genitals before burying her.

Merz was arrested after his ex-wife alerted deputies that he had called her and confessed to killing his roommate.

During trial, Merz claimed he was not in his right mind when he killed Lewis but the jury felt otherwise after hearing about that he had tried to conceal the slaying by dumping bloody clothes in trash bins at multiple businesses.

Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. sirlancealot says:

    Maybe you could put a graphic notice on this story. Sheesh – didn’t need to know at least one of those details.

  2. Without a witness you only have the killer’s word that he did that. Was that some kind of boast?

  3. northwestchick says:

    Hence the headline to this news story. You knew it wasn’t going to be about rainbows and unicorns. No one made you read it but you. Get real.

  4. Frankenchrist,

    Please recall that we’re talking about a woman who was someone’s daughter when adding the descriptions. I am sure her parents are suffering enough just from the details of what this murderer did to over the course of this horrid action. Let’s not make it worse for them, at least.

  5. sirlancealot says:

    Northwestchick,
    That was pretty rude.

    I guarantee you that five years ago, we would have had the same headlines, without that useless but graphic detail.

    I guess it takes a lot to titilate readers and sell advertising today. Says a lot about us.

  6. ruledbysun says:

    anything that they think gets people intrigued. We need to stand up to this kind of media influence. Speak the truth but in a moral kind of way.

  7. sirlancealot says:

    We also have to change things ourselves.

    Off topic, but the popular Hunger Games speaks to our voyeurism and how ugly it is. Watching that movie turned me off to a few reality shows I had become sucked into, numbly. Glad to be reminded of what an ugly concept it is.

    I’m afraid the rest of America is not with me on this. I fear for the future, really.

  8. I worked with Kelly. He was never really in his right mind, but I am not saying the insanity defense would have been correct either. He just finally snapped, and earned himself the rest of his life in prison.

  9. reaper14all says:

    Guess it’s a good thing most of you don’t live overseas. They report and show undoctored photos. It’s life (not a “Leave It To Beaver”tv show. In my opinion that its what is wrong with society today. Don’t know if being”Politically Correct” is the problem our not. But that said I will agree that the added “Violated her remains” had nothing to do with the main topic of the story. Either way there is no denying his is sick and needs to meet his Maker.

  10. nikkij1624 says:

    ok, im disgusted by ALOT of you on here!!! Cori was a very good friend of mine who i grew up with!!!! She was an amazing friend,mother and daughter and the FU*KER that did this is a SICK INDIVIDUAL!!! If you don’t have anything positive to say then DON’T FU*KING SAY IT!!! ITS THAT SIMPLE!!! If anyone has a problem with that im here, But don’t read this story on this tradegy and make it harder for the people like me that loved her with your DUMB ASS NEGATIVE COMMENTS!!!!!

    THANK YOU!

  11. nikkij1624 says:

    @SIRLANCEALOT- I THINK YOUR A COMPLETE DOUCHE BAG!!!!! READ THE FREAKING TITLE TO THESE STORIES BEFORE YOUR IGNORANT PUTS A COMMENT UP. THIS WAS MY FRIEND THAT WAS MURDERED BY KELLY, THIS STUFF NEEDS TO BE SAID IN HER STORY, THE TRUTH IS WHAT NEEDS TO SURFACE TO LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT A SICK BASTARD HE IS. HE BETTER PRAY HE’S IN SEGRAGATION AND NOT IN PUBLIC WITH THE OTHER INMATES WHEN THEY SEND HIM TO FEDERAL PRISON, HE BETTER PRAY HE’S NOT BEAT THE FU*CK UP OR RAPED EVERYDAY/NIGHT WHILE HE’S SERVING HIS TIME AND MAY HE TAKE HIS LAST BREATH IN PRISON!!!!!!!!! IM HOPING THAT INMATES WILL HEAR ABOUT HIM ASAP AND JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED BY THE FIRST INAMTE THAT BEATS HIS ASS WHEN HE GETS THERE…

  12. thebestofthebest says:

    nikkij1624 … Sorry for your loss …

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