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MCSTAY MURDERS: The State of California v. Charles Merritt *GUILTY*

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by MartinBeck, May 19, 2015.

  1. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    With a sledgehammer you'd think there would be blood spatter everywhere.
     
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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Tell you what, I am completely baffled. Is this the same jurisdiction that says Rebecca Zahau committed suicide? I read that today.
     
  3. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    Yes, it is. The Keystone Cops are the one's charging Chase.
     
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  4. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

    PRELIMINARY HEARING today MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015

    Begins at 9 a.m. PDT

    See link HERE.

    During a hearing Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court, Judge Michael A. Smith scheduled the preliminary hearing for 9 a.m. Monday. The hearing, in which prosecutors will disclose for the first time their evidence against Merritt since his arrest in November, should take two days. Defense attorneys will challenge the merits of the evidence, and Judge Smith will determine if the evidence in question warrants Merritt to stand trial.
     
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  5. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

    Joe Nelson should be tweeting about the hearing. Click HERE to follow Joe Nelson's tweets.
     
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  6. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

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  7. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/mcstay

    1. [​IMG]Shea Johnson ‏@DP_Shea 9m9 minutes ago
      Seemingly more Merritt supporters here than for #mcstay, but not by much. About 12 to 8. Again, families are split on 2 sides in gallery.

      1 retweet1 favorite



    2. [​IMG]Cathy ‏@courtchatter 18m18 minutes ago
      Important hearing today in #McStay family murders.We'll finally hear what prosecution has on #CharlesMerritt. I'll retweet reporters in CR

      4 retweets8 favorite

    3. [​IMG]Teri Figueroa ‏@TeriFigueroaUT 21m21 minutes ago
      Family of victims in #McStay killings here. Chance they could testify.
     
  8. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    1. https://twitter.com/hashtag/mcstay
      David Gotfredson ‏@DavidCBS8 1m1 minute ago
      #McStay prelim begins with Det. Gary Hart from San Bernardino County Sheriff homicide on stand. Hart responded to McStay grave site



      1. [​IMG]Angie Lee ‏@angiecbs8 3m3 minutes ago
        Prelim hearing getting underway #McStay murder trial families from both sides present in San Bernadino Court @CBS8

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    1. [​IMG]Fox 5 Sharon Chen ‏@sharonchenfox5 5m5 minutes ago
      #McStay court just began, both sides agree they are ready to proceed. 1st witness investigating officer taking stand.
     
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  9. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

    Thank you so much Fran. So far, I don't see Joe Nelson tweeting on the hearing.
     
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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Fox 5 Sharon Chen‏@sharonchenfox5 2m2 minutes ago

    #McStay 2nd detective just called to stand, talking about discovering tire tracks near gravesides, like someone tried to back up to site.
     
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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I can't stay on top of this, but I'll post when I can.

    This is so heartbreaking! :praying:
     
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  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    He's tweeting now, Sue.

    Joe Nelson‏@SBcountyNow 31s31 seconds ago

    Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Armando Avila said 2 sets of tire tracks found at graves of #McStay family remains. #ChaseMerritt
     
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  14. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

      1. https://twitter.com/hashtag/mcstay
        Second witness on stand in #Mcstay prelim is Sgt. Jose Armando Avila. He responded to Mcstay grave sites.



      2. [​IMG]Teri Figueroa ‏@TeriFigueroaUT 10m10 minutes ago
        Next witness also cop at #McStay graves. Prelim starting with discovery of bodies not disappearance of family



      3. [​IMG]Shea Johnson ‏@DP_Shea 10m10 minutes ago
        San Bernardino County Det. Jose Armando Avila is next witness. #mcstay


      4. [​IMG]Shea Johnson ‏@DP_Shea 12m12 minutes ago
        Hart speaking of "numerous human bones" found at graves site near Victorville incl. 4 child's ribs. 45-plus bones collected in all. #mcstay


      5. [​IMG]Teri Figueroa ‏@TeriFigueroaUT 14m14 minutes ago
        Hart responded graves sites of #McStay. Bones found include child's rib bones.


      6. [​IMG]Fox 5 Sharon Chen ‏@sharonchenfox5 14m14 minutes ago
        #McStay Investigator called to scene says they found bones in gravesite, ribs, parts of legs and several pieces... http://fb.me/1OgVCTAzy



      [​IMG]David Gotfredson ‏@DavidCBS8 14m14 minutes ago
      #McStay prelim begins with Det. Gary Hart from San Bernardino County Sheriff homicide on stand. Hart responded to McStay grave site.

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  15. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member


    1. John Asbury ‏@johnasbury 4m4 minutes ago
      John Asbury retweeted Rob McMillan

      #McStay family, who disappeared from their Fallbrook home.

      John Asbury added,

      Rob McMillan @ABC7RobMcMillan
      Merritt case: detectives talking about desert gravesites, at least 45 groups of bones found, in two graves
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    2. [​IMG]Fox 5 Sharon Chen ‏@sharonchenfox5 5m5 minutes ago
      #McStay 2nd Investigator: found skull appeared to be fractured, adult clothing & children's clothing.


    3. [​IMG]Joe Nelson ‏@SBcountyNow 5m5 minutes ago
      Vehicles appeared to have been backed up to graves, Avila said. #McStay #ChaseMerritt


    4. [​IMG]Joe Nelson ‏@SBcountyNow 6m6 minutes ago
      Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Armando Avila said 2 sets of tire tracks found at graves of #McStay family remains. #ChaseMerritt


    5. [​IMG]Fox 5 Sharon Chen ‏@sharonchenfox5 6m6 minutes ago
      #McStay 2nd Investigator: found skull of a small child and other bones.

    6. [​IMG]Teri Figueroa ‏@TeriFigueroaUT 7m7 minutes ago
      Detective: tire tracks leading to #mcstay graves. But tire tracks to two graves differ in width. One 73 inches other 76

    7. [​IMG]Beatriz Valenzuela ‏@BeatrizVNews 9m9 minutes ago
      Avila was working the homicide detail when the remains of the #McStay family were discovered on Nov. 11, 2013.


    8. [​IMG]Fox 5 Sharon Chen ‏@sharonchenfox5 10m10 minutes ago
      #McStay 2nd detective just called to stand, talking about discovering tire tracks near gravesides, like someone tried to back up to site.

      2 retweets3 favorites
    https://twitter.com/hashtag/mcstay
     
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    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

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    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  19. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    1. OMGosh! This is just sooo sad. :(


      PE_Gail Wesson ‏@PE_GailWesson 3m3 minutes ago
      #McStay investigator testifies a 3-pound sledgehammer was found in Grave B, along with fractured child's skull and fractured adult skull.


    2. [​IMG]Teri Figueroa ‏@TeriFigueroaUT 6m6 minutes ago
      Detective: childs backpack also found. #McStay


    3. [​IMG]Joe Nelson ‏@SBcountyNow 6m6 minutes ago
      A child's backpack found in area where a child's skeletal remains were found, Avila said. #McStay #ChaseMerritt


    4. [​IMG]Shea Johnson ‏@DP_Shea 7m7 minutes ago
      3-pound sledgehammer found in Grave B. Oddly, Avila is testifying about rust on tool, but said no word about paint. #mcstay



    5. [​IMG]Joe Nelson ‏@SBcountyNow 7m7 minutes ago
      Also found in one grave was 3-lb Stanley brand sledgehammer, adult & child clothing, and a Body Glove cell phone case, Avila said. #McStay


    6. [​IMG]Teri Figueroa ‏@TeriFigueroaUT 7m7 minutes ago
      Detective: Adult bones and female clothes in one grave with childs bones, clothes and diaper. #McStay



    7. [​IMG]Shea Johnson ‏@DP_Shea 9m9 minutes ago
      Two graves were ID'd by authorities as Grave A and Grave B. A child and adult skull were found in Grave B, southeast of 'A'. #mcstay
    https://twitter.com/hashtag/mcstay
     
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  20. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member


    1. Stephanie Slifer ‏@smslifer 3m3 minutes ago
      Two separate sets of tire tracks found near #McStay gravesite, det. testifies -- Does that mean #ChaseMerritt didn't act alone?



    2. [​IMG]Joe Nelson ‏@SBcountyNow 3m3 minutes ago
      Det. Edward Bachman now testifyiing. #McStay



    3. [​IMG]Shea Johnson ‏@DP_Shea 4m4 minutes ago
      San Bernardino County Sheriff's Det. Ed Bachman now on the stand. #mcstay


    4. [​IMG]Shea Johnson ‏@DP_Shea 9m9 minutes ago
      Both skulls found in Grave B were fractured, Avila said. Distance between two graves approx. 20-25 feet apart. #mcstay

    5. [​IMG]Teri Figueroa ‏@TeriFigueroaUT 9m9 minutes ago
      Detective: Fractures in adult skull and child skull found in one grave. #McStay



    6. [​IMG]Joe Nelson ‏@SBcountyNow 9m9 minutes ago
      A skull of a woman had skull fracture, Avila said. #McStay #ChaseMerritt

      https://twitter.com/hashtag/mcstay
     
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