Florida Man Accused of Massacre In Custody

January 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The man accused of killing four members of his family in a Thanksgiving Day massacre has been arrested.

Florida officials announced late Saturday night they took Paul Merhige into custody.

They found the fugitive in a Long Key, Florida motel room after receiving a tip he might be there.

Merhige turned himself in without a struggle.

Florida law enforcement, with the help of the federal authorities, had been searching for Merhige in a massive manhunt since the Thanksgiving Day massacre of his family.

Officials say Merhige's family can rest knowing he is behind bars.

"There is a weight lifted off our shoulders obviously by making this apprehension, you know. Now I can stand before you and tell you this family is safe. We can give them a little peace and let them get on with their healing process. Which I think is just phenomenal," said Frank Kitzerow, Jupiter Police Chief.

Merhige is accused of killing his twin sisters, aunt and 6-year-old cousin on Thanksgiving Day at a gathering in Jupiter.