Unger Convicted a Second Time in 1976 Killing of Hagerstown Police Officer

Unger Convicted a Second Time in 1976 Killing of Hagerstown Police Officer

<br>Merle Unger, Jr has again been convicted of murdering a Hagerstown Police Officer.&nbsp; Tuesday, he was found guilty in a re-trial for the crime that happened in 1976.

EASTON, MD - A judge has found a man guilty of murdering a Hagerstown Police Officer for a second time.

Tuesday, a Talbot County Circuit Judge announced his verdict in the retrial of Merle Unger, Jr.  According to court documents, the judge found Unger guilty of three charges, including first degree murder, armed robbery and a handgun violation.

Unger had previously been convicted of murdering Officer Donald Kline.  According to court documents, Unger shot Kline to death following a grocery store hold up.  Kline was off-duty at the time of the shooting, which happened in December of 1975.

Unger was granted a re-trial after it was determined that the judge presiding over the originial had given improper instruction to the jury.

Both trials were held in Easton.

According to court documents, no date has been set for a sentencing, but a pre-sentence investigation was ordered by the judge on Tuesday.

Unger is currently serving a 40 year sentence.
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