Cold Case Court Testimony Released

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

We now know what led to the June 5 arrest of prominent Okemos surgeon Dr. Charles Mercer, Jr. Mercer is accused of killing his wife Sally in 1968.

Previously suppressed court testimony released Tuesday states Sally wrote a letter to her friend before her death, saying she feared her husband was going to kill her. Sally asked that if found dead please forward the letter to police. Pictures depicting the doctor having an affair were in the letter; they were forwarded to police as well.

The documents state Sally and Dr. Mercer's eight-year-old daughter found her body in the couple's Meridian Township home. Their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter was sitting by her mother's cold body.

During Sally's first autopsy a detective noticed bruises to her scalp, arms and hands. They were believed to be defensive injuries. Her original cause of death was listed as Bulbar Polio, but extensive testing and a second autopsy revealed Sally died from a lethal dose of the powerful painkiller propoxyphene.

The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office declined to comment on the testimony. Dr. Mercer's attorney says his client is innocent and the rest of the story will come out in court. Dr. Mercer is scheduled to be back in court June 26 for his preliminary hearing.


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