Fla. motel owners talk about suspect in 4 killings

Published: Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 2:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 2:09 p.m.

MIAMI — The owners of a Floria Keys motel say a man accused of killing four relatives at a Thanksgiving dinner checked in there under a fake name, paid in cash and stockpiled canned food during a monthlong stay.

Paul Merhige's cover was blown when motel owner Paul Pfaff recognized him in a preview for the television show "America's Most Wanted" on Saturday night.

Melinda Pfaff said Sunday that she and her husband rarely saw Merhige during his stay at their Edgewater Lodge on Long Key. She says Merhige wanted his privacy and insisted on cleaning his own room.

Merhige is being held at the Palm Beach County jail without bond on four charges of murder. He's accused of gunning down his twin sisters, a 79-year-old aunt and a 6-year-old cousin at a family Thanksgiving Day gathering.

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