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    is he out of jail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraSidle [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    is he out of jail?
    Nope, no bail was granted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryjane [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Nope, no bail was granted.
    thank you Maryjane. thank goodness and I hope he never ever gets out. I hope he dies first or gets the death penalty. that whole family situation was so awful! I followed it daily until they arrested him.
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    According to Facebook; Dispo/Reset for June 2, 2017

    It's always something, hurry up and wait.
    Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies... By Andy Dufresne/Shawshank Redemption

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    Hearing: Dispo/Reset; next hearing: July 14, 2017
    Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies... By Andy Dufresne/Shawshank Redemption

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    Latest on McStay Family Murders

    Mcstay Family Murders: The Trial

    People v. Merritt: Court*Report

    Next Hearing: August 25, 2017

    Tentative Trial Date Set For Charles Merritt

    Trial To Begin In September 2017


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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny47 [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Mcstay Family Murders: The Trial

    People v. Merritt: Court*Report

    Next Hearing: August 25, 2017

    Tentative Trial Date Set For Charles Merritt

    Trial To Begin In September 2017


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    Thanks, Sunny!

    Let's hope there are no more delays and the trial actually does start next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny47 [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Mcstay Family Murders: The Trial

    People v. Merritt: Court*Report

    Next Hearing: August 25, 2017

    Tentative Trial Date Set For Charles Merritt

    Trial To Begin In September 2017


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    Finally!
    Hopefully!
    Thanks sunny.


    ETA~ It's been so long I thought I was seeing things. Then I thought, oh no another delay.
    I pray it happens. It's time.
    I don't like the word 'tentative' tho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oregongal [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Finally!
    Hopefully!
    Thanks sunny.


    ETA~ It's been so long I thought I was seeing things. Then I thought, oh no another delay.
    I pray it happens. It's time.
    I don't like the word 'tentative' tho.
    Yes J was shocked to not sure he won't try to wiggle out of it but I will be checking to see what happens on the 25th of August

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    have we read how this happened? I cannot remember. He killed all 4 of them with blunt force trauma? was there a weapon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraSidle [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    have we read how this happened? I cannot remember. He killed all 4 of them with blunt force trauma? was there a weapon?
    Here you go, Sara, I needed a refresher on this case as well:

    McStay Family May Have Been Beaten to Death With Sledgehammer, Detective Testifies

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    and:

    Attorney: Greed alleged motive in McStay family slayings

    POSTED: 06/10/15, 9:11 PM PDT|UPDATED: ON 06/11/2015

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    what an evil man. I had never read about the sledgehammer Maryjane and I really appreciate this. I had followed it up to the bodies being found and Merritt arrested and then stopped with disgust. I cant even think about what went on in that house. thank you very much. I wish they would try him and fry him soon.
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    Trial date ‘solid’ for McStay family murder suspect, defense attorney says
    Aug 25, 2017

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    A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Friday set a Nov. 13 trial date for Charles “Chase” Merritt, charged in the bludgeoning deaths of a San Diego County family of four whose remains were found buried in the Mojave Desert, near Victorville, in 2013.

    Merritt, 60, of Homeland, stands accused of the February 2010 beating deaths of Fallbrook residents Joseph McStay,**40, his wife, Summer, 43, and their two children, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3. He was arrested and charged with the crimes in November 2014, nearly a year after the McStay family’s remains were discovered in San Bernardino County.
    Merritt faces the death penalty if convicted.
    During a pretrial hearing Friday, Judge Michael A. Smith ticked off a series of new court dates: a trial readiness hearing set for Sept. 21, a motions hearing for Oct. 30, another pretrial hearing for Nov. 9, and jury selection and trial for Nov. 13.
    “That’s pretty solid,” Merritt’s attorney, Rajan R. Maline, said of the court dates in a telephone interview Friday. “We anticipate being ready, and the prosecution has indicated they are ready.”
    He said jury selection is expected to last through the holiday season with opening statements and presentation of evidence to begin in early January.
    The pretrial motions Maline said he plans on filing on or before the Oct. 7 deadline will focus on evidentiary issues – what evidence will and will not be presented during the trial. Judge Smith will hear, and possibly rule on, the motions on Oct. 30.
    “That’s basically it – sharpening and putting into focus the evidence that’s actually going to be used,” Maline said.
    Thousands of pages of sheriff’s reports, phone and accounting records turned over to the defense camp following Merritt’s arrest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny47 [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Trial date ‘solid’ for McStay family murder suspect, defense attorney says
    Aug 25, 2017

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    A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Friday set a Nov. 13 trial date for Charles “Chase” Merritt, charged in the bludgeoning deaths of a San Diego County family of four whose remains were found buried in the Mojave Desert, near Victorville, in 2013.

    Merritt, 60, of Homeland, stands accused of the February 2010 beating deaths of Fallbrook residents Joseph McStay,**40, his wife, Summer, 43, and their two children, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3. He was arrested and charged with the crimes in November 2014, nearly a year after the McStay family’s remains were discovered in San Bernardino County.
    Merritt faces the death penalty if convicted.
    During a pretrial hearing Friday, Judge Michael A. Smith ticked off a series of new court dates: a trial readiness hearing set for Sept. 21, a motions hearing for Oct. 30, another pretrial hearing for Nov. 9, and jury selection and trial for Nov. 13.
    “That’s pretty solid,” Merritt’s attorney, Rajan R. Maline, said of the court dates in a telephone interview Friday. “We anticipate being ready, and the prosecution has indicated they are ready.”
    He said jury selection is expected to last through the holiday season with opening statements and presentation of evidence to begin in early January.
    The pretrial motions Maline said he plans on filing on or before the Oct. 7 deadline will focus on evidentiary issues – what evidence will and will not be presented during the trial. Judge Smith will hear, and possibly rule on, the motions on Oct. 30.
    “That’s basically it – sharpening and putting into focus the evidence that’s actually going to be used,” Maline said.
    Thousands of pages of sheriff’s reports, phone and accounting records turned over to the defense camp following Merritt’s arrest.
    Finally!!!

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    Summer McStay may have been raped before she was killed, buried in desert, court document says
    UPDATED: December 7, 2017 at 11:57 pm

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    San Bernardino County sheriff’s investigators believe Summer McStay, who along with her husband Joseph and two young sons was fatally beaten with a sledgehammer and buried in a shallow grave near Victorville, may have been raped before she was killed, according to a court document.

    A motion filed in San Bernardino Superior Court on Nov. 20 on behalf of McStay family murder suspect Charles “Chase” Merritt by his attorney, James McGee, argued against the use of family photos and/or videos of the McStay family at trial, stating it could engender sympathy from the jury for the victims and prejudice the jury against Merritt A motion filed in San Bernardino Superior Court on Nov. 20 on behalf of McStay family murder suspect Charles “Chase” Merritt by his attorney, James McGee, argued against the use of family photos and/or videos of the McStay family at trial, stating it could engender sympathy from the jury for the victims and prejudice the jury against Merritt

    Much more @ Link above!!

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    Who cares about case files when will the trial be on this Criminal for McStay Murders??He knows how the work the system he is trying to find a loophole so he can leave the jail and be free!!
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    San Bernardino judge allows McStay family murder suspect to have more case files in his cell
    January 12, 2018 at 4:28 pm | UPDATED: January 12, 2018 at 4:33 pm

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    A San Bernardino Superior Court judge ruled Friday that McStay family murder suspect Charles “Chase” Merritt will be allowed to have more of his case files in his jail cell than is normally allowed under policy.
    In a motion filed with the court, Merritt’s attorneys sought a temporary injunction and temporary restraining order against the Sheriff’s Department, which operates county jails, after he was disciplined Dec. 31 for what they believed was Merritt having too many of his case files in his cell.
    “Further, counsel for defendant is informed and believes that members of the Sheriff’s Department have seized or are planning to seize, and review/destroy materials kept by defendant to prevent him in assisting the preparation of his case for trial,” according to the motion, filed by attorney James McGee, who along with Rajan Maline is representing Merritt.

    Deputy County Counsel Miles Kowalski, advisory counsel to the Sheriff’s Department, told Judge Michael A. Smith that Merritt was in fact disciplined for having property in his cell in excess of what is allowed, but it had nothing to do with his case file materials. He said the only thing removed from Merritt’s cell at the time were magazines, prescription pill bottles and a coffee bag.
    “No discovery was removed from his cell at that time,” Kowalski said. “Discovery” is a legal term pertaining to evidence gathered and presented by both the prosecution and the defense in a criminal case.
    Smith said, per the Sheriff’s Department policy, inmates are allowed to have one 15″ X 20″ accordion binder of case materials with them in their cell. Inmates representing themselves in court – pro per defendants – are allowed to have three such binders with them in their cell. But in Merritt’s case, Smith granted an exception given the voluminous amount of police reports and other documented evidence in Merritt’s file.

    “Obviously, the amount of discovery in this case is much larger than the average case,” Smith said. He ruled that Merritt will be allowed to have three 15″X20″ accordion files with him in his cell, comparable to a pro per defendant. But he gave the Sheriff’s Department leeway to request a modification of Smith’s order should any problems arise warranting it.
    Merritt, 58, of Homeland, stands charged with four counts of murder for the bludgeoning deaths of Joseph McStay, 40, his wife, Summer, 43, and their two sons, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3, in their Fallbrook home, in San Diego County, on or around Feb. 4, 2010. The family’s remains were discovered in two shallow graves, west of the 15 Freeway and north of Stoddard Wells Roads, on the outskirts of Victorville, in November 2013. He was arrested a year later following the discovery of human remains found buried in the Mojave Desert near Victorville, which were positively identified as that of the McStay family.
    Authorities believe financial gain was the motive behind the killings. Merritt faces the death penalty if convicted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny47 [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Who cares about case files when will the trial be on this Criminal for McStay Murders??He knows how the work the system he is trying to find a loophole so he can leave the jail and be free!!
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    San Bernardino judge allows McStay family murder suspect to have more case files in his cell
    January 12, 2018 at 4:28 pm | UPDATED: January 12, 2018 at 4:33 pm

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    A San Bernardino Superior Court judge ruled Friday that McStay family murder suspect Charles “Chase” Merritt will be allowed to have more of his case files in his jail cell than is normally allowed under policy.
    In a motion filed with the court, Merritt’s attorneys sought a temporary injunction and temporary restraining order against the Sheriff’s Department, which operates county jails, after he was disciplined Dec. 31 for what they believed was Merritt having too many of his case files in his cell.
    “Further, counsel for defendant is informed and believes that members of the Sheriff’s Department have seized or are planning to seize, and review/destroy materials kept by defendant to prevent him in assisting the preparation of his case for trial,” according to the motion, filed by attorney James McGee, who along with Rajan Maline is representing Merritt.

    Deputy County Counsel Miles Kowalski, advisory counsel to the Sheriff’s Department, told Judge Michael A. Smith that Merritt was in fact disciplined for having property in his cell in excess of what is allowed, but it had nothing to do with his case file materials. He said the only thing removed from Merritt’s cell at the time were magazines, prescription pill bottles and a coffee bag.
    “No discovery was removed from his cell at that time,” Kowalski said. “Discovery” is a legal term pertaining to evidence gathered and presented by both the prosecution and the defense in a criminal case.
    Smith said, per the Sheriff’s Department policy, inmates are allowed to have one 15″ X 20″ accordion binder of case materials with them in their cell. Inmates representing themselves in court – pro per defendants – are allowed to have three such binders with them in their cell. But in Merritt’s case, Smith granted an exception given the voluminous amount of police reports and other documented evidence in Merritt’s file.

    “Obviously, the amount of discovery in this case is much larger than the average case,” Smith said. He ruled that Merritt will be allowed to have three 15″X20″ accordion files with him in his cell, comparable to a pro per defendant. But he gave the Sheriff’s Department leeway to request a modification of Smith’s order should any problems arise warranting it.
    Merritt, 58, of Homeland, stands charged with four counts of murder for the bludgeoning deaths of Joseph McStay, 40, his wife, Summer, 43, and their two sons, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3, in their Fallbrook home, in San Diego County, on or around Feb. 4, 2010. The family’s remains were discovered in two shallow graves, west of the 15 Freeway and north of Stoddard Wells Roads, on the outskirts of Victorville, in November 2013. He was arrested a year later following the discovery of human remains found buried in the Mojave Desert near Victorville, which were positively identified as that of the McStay family.
    Authorities believe financial gain was the motive behind the killings. Merritt faces the death penalty if convicted.
    Totally agree, Sunny, it's ridiculous .

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryjane [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Totally agree, Sunny, it's ridiculous .
    Hi MJ I know this guy is sitting there day after day just figuring out how he is getting out of that jail not sure what he is doing in there but he even gets to tell them when he is going to have a hearing many times they have been Re Arranged sick so me excuse it's been too long they seem to get more breaks on trials out in Cali?? He was suppose to have a hearing Jan 12, 2018 I will be looking for that one or he had it changed Here is a old report>>>[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] Will see if he keeps this date>>

    Next Hearing: February 23, 2018
    Time Waived Until April 24, 2018 it keeps moving up this date?????Makes me furious!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny47 [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Hi MJ I know this guy is sitting there day after day just figuring out how he is getting out of that jail not sure what he is doing in there but he even gets to tell them when he is going to have a hearing many times they have been Re Arranged sick so me excuse it's been too long they seem to get more breaks on trials out in Cali?? He was suppose to have a hearing Jan 12, 2018 I will be looking for that one or he had it changed Here is a old report>>>[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] Will see if he keeps this date>>

    Next Hearing: February 23, 2018
    Time Waived Until April 24, 2018 it keeps moving up this date?????Makes me furious!!

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    Thanks for the additional info, Sunny...CM is a sly one, for sure. All these stalling tactics (he can it whatever he wants but that's exactly what he's doing) and waivers/delays are crazy. He apparently knows how to work the system!

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    Did CM have a gun? I still cannot believe he was able to use a sledge hammer on all 4 victims without being stopped. Not that I think he is innocent. I am sure he is not. Just something that bothers me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny47 [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Hi MJ I know this guy is sitting there day after day just figuring out how he is getting out of that jail not sure what he is doing in there but he even gets to tell them when he is going to have a hearing many times they have been Re Arranged sick so me excuse it's been too long they seem to get more breaks on trials out in Cali?? He was suppose to have a hearing Jan 12, 2018 I will be looking for that one or he had it changed Here is a old report>>>[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] Will see if he keeps this date>>

    Next Hearing: February 23, 2018
    Time Waived Until April 24, 2018 it keeps moving up this date?????Makes me furious!!

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    All these delays are making me crazy too.
    The oxymoron of the whole thing is he wants out of jail, yet he keeps getting the delays and there he still sits.
    I've always thought he knows when he finally goes to trial, he'll be convicted because he's guilty. He's not really trying to get out of jail per se, he's just trying to delay the inevitable.
    An innocent person would be wanting to go to trial as soon as possible with the hope of acquittal, I think anyway. Let's just get this done. Get this creep once and for all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraSidle [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Did CM have a gun? I still cannot believe he was able to use a sledge hammer on all 4 victims without being stopped. Not that I think he is innocent. I am sure he is not. Just something that bothers me.
    I don't know if he had a gun. Good question. Course it's been so long I'm fuzzy on details.
    I've always thought maybe he attacked while they were sleeping.
    But maybe not. To kill a person with a sledge hammer shows lots if rage and usually a personal connection.
    Watching Criminal Minds right now so I'm channeling profiling. LOL
    Since he was supposedly a friend and partner in business he may have been able to be with them long enough to be able to strike when they wouldn't have thought anything like that could happen.
    Threaten the kids to get parents cooperating, kill dad to scare the shit out of wife/mom, then go at her then the boys.
    I've thought about the how for years and this is the way I have thought most probable. JMO
    Maybe we'll learn different at trial...if we ever get there.

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    Thanks OG. That is the most plausible you are right. Husband first. There must have been quite the struggle unless he was sleeping. But it makes sense
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    Lawyers for defendant in McStay family murder case want some evidence tossed
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    Attorneys for Charles “Chase” Merritt, accused of fatally bludgeoning a San Diego County family of four and burying their bodies in the Mojave Desert near Victorville, are trying to bar evidence prosecutors believe shows a financial motive for the killings.

    n a motion filed in San Bernardino Superior Court on April 7, attorney James McGee argues that the business and accounting records of McStay family patriarch and victim Joseph McStay are hearsay evidence and therefore inadmissible. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Friday, May 4, before Judge Michael A. Smith.

    Charles “Chase” Merritt in court for a hearing in March 2015. (File photo)
    McStay’s QuickBooks business account, according to sheriff’s investigators and county prosecutors, show that Merritt, a business associate of McStay’s, began writing multiple checks from the account to himself and cashing them beginning on Feb. 5, 2010, the day after the McStay family was last seen alive. Between Feb. 5 and Feb. 8, Merritt had written checks totaling $21,858 under the newly created vendor name “charlesmerritt,” according to testimony by detectives at Merritt’s preliminary hearing. On Feb. 5 alone, Merritt allegedly wrote five checks to himself totaling $15,358.
    McGee, who along with co-council Rajan Maline is defending Merritt in the capital murder case, maintains that only Joseph McStay, who operated an online custom water fountain business called Earth Inspired Products, had knowledge of his business records and how they were managed. Therefore, McStay would be the only person who could verify any information about them and their accuracy.
    “Anything inside the records of a business in general is all hearsay if you’re trying to establish what’s inside those records is true,” McGee said Wednesday. “Our contention is the allegations are not true.”
    District Attorney spokesman Chris Lee declined to comment, saying it would be inappropriate due to the pending trial.
    San Bernardino County sheriff’s investigators believe McStay, 40, his wife, Summer, 43, and their two children, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3, were tortured and beaten to death with a 3-pound sledgehammer in their Fallbrook home in February 2010. Their bodies were buried more than 100 miles away – in two shallow graves in the Mojave Desert, just north of Victorville and west of the 15 Freeway.

    previous court filing that investigators also believe Summer McStay was raped before she was killed. Crime scene investigators found her pants and panties in the grave next to her head, appearing as if they had been pulled off together, and there were incisions in her bra, which led investigators to believe it had been cut off, McGee said in his motion.

    Merritt, 61, of Homeland, was arrested in connection with the killings in November 2014. He crafted custom water fountains for McStay’s business. Investigators believe Merritt was a man heavily in debt with a gambling problem, who allegedly killed the McStay family for financial gain. After allegedly writing and cashing the checks on McStay’s QuickBooks account, Merritt went on a gambling spree at casinos from San Diego to Los Angeles counties, according to prior court testimony.

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    Postponement pushes trial in McStay slayings again; testimony not set until January

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    Just as trial for a man accused of killing a Fallbrook family of four was about to start, it’s been postponed again.
    Jury selection was supposed to begin at the end of July in the quadruple-homicide trial facing Charles “Chase” Merritt, who is accused in the beating deaths of business associate Joseph McStay, McStay’s wife and their two preschool-aged sons


    Right after he was arrested in 2014, Merritt told the court he wanted his case fast-tracked. His attorney told a judge that Merritt had heart failure and feared he was dying.
    Merritt represented himself in court for a short stretch but later gave up on that.
    Court documents indicate the trial could run about three months.

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    Ofgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraSidle [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Ofgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That's just what I mumbled underneath my breath. My God, enough already, it's way past time for that trial to start.

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