The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the University of Texas recipient was sent a particularly detailed message that said:
“I am going to roll on faculty and execute you in your homes in alphabetical order. You might as well shut that place down. Here on out, any school faculty or student is going to be a personal, high value target for me. I’m coming in there. You better run.”
On Sunday, Merdinger was arrested at his home in Lake Park by the FBI.
The FBI credited Valdosta State police, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and the universities that received the threats for making the arrest possible.
Merdinger was booked into the Tift County Jail, where he remains, according to online jail records.
He made an initial court appearance Monday through the use of a videoconferencing call, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. His next hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
In other news:
The complaint says Paul Howard failed to report the non-profit that he founded.