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Thanksgiving Slaughter Victim Out of Coma

Miami man awakes to news his pregnant wife was killed in cold-blooded shooting



    Thanksgiving Slaughter Victim Out of Coma
    Paul Merhige before and after his arrest this weekend.

    One of the victims of accused Jupiter Thanksgiving Dinner killer Paul Merhige is out of his coma.

    Patrick Knight, 37, is awake and communicating less than four months after the massacre that left four people dead, according to the Palm Beach Post.

    Knight, an attorney from Miami, awoke to the terrible news that his pregnant wife Lisa, Merhige's sister, was killed in the shooting.

    "He does recall the event and has been told about Lisa and the baby, along with the rest of the victims," sister-in-law Beth Knight wrote on a Facebook page last night.

    According to police, Merhige, 35, calmly sat through the three hour holiday dinner gathering in Jupiter before going to his car and grabbing his handgun.
    When he came back into the house, he opened fire and when the smoke had cleared, four people were dead, including his sisters, Lisa Merhige Knight and Carla Merhige, aunt Raymonde Joseph, and 6-year-old Makayla Sitton.

    Merhige fled the scene, touching off an intense, 38-day nationwide manhunt until a profile of him on an episode of "America's Most Wanted" led to his capture on Jan. 2 in a Keys motel room.

    Charged with four counts of first degree murder, Merhige has been sitting in the Palm Beach County jail since his capture.

    Prosecutors announced they'll seek the death penalty for Merhige.