CA - Joey, Summer, Gianni, Joseph Jr McStay Murders - Feb 4th 2010 #13

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  1. LadyL

    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    Is Chase Merritt Guilty/Not Guilty?

    POLL
     
  2. geevee

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    I don't think it was the futon cover but I don't think that impacts the likelihood of the murders happening in the house. They were all killed with the same weapon (the sledge hammer) according to forensics.

    I think the chances of Joey being killed elsewhere, wrapped in a blanket with ratchet ties and electric cord and the killer going to the house (or somehow getting Summer and the kids out of the house and to wherever Joey was killed) and using the same weapon are too small to be reasonable.
     
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    I also think, that JM realized, that he could no longer AFFORD CM, with all of what you mentioned. JM, being the exact opposite of CM, acted like a responsible adult and had to put his family's security first.
     
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    I Just finished her testimony. Yes I rather enjoyed that part, showcasing of Chase's continued sponging of the account. It's downright lowest of the low. Rodriguez skewered Merritt on that cross and I'm sure the jury took note of it.

    I hope the jury is supplied plenty of notebooks.
     
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    I believe L&C said that audio was 'lost'.
     
  6. smr

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    :eek: Was it a testimony by a witness, or argument without jury present?
     
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    Sequeida Jr's testimony, meeting with Sequeida Sr. and JM.
     
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    That was the first part of Taylor's (CM's daughter) testimony, all we had were tweets to go on. Part 2 and 3 are uploaded though, as well as the beginning of CJ's testimony. All are audios, no video.
     
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    Thanks LadyL! Great idea on the poll!
     
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  10. Karinna

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    Yes agree.

    Although per this article a futon cover was missing from the home
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    None of the victims were wearing shoes. The woven blanket wrapped around Joseph McStay's skeletal remains appeared similar to a futon cover that was missing from the home after the family vanished, said Joseph Steers, another detective from San Bernardino County.
    Prosecutors begin presenting evidence in McStay murder case
    So that is perhaps why the defense was asking SB if she had removed or washed a futon to cover, to which she answered No.
     
  11. Karinna

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    Thankyou.
     
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    Earlier in the trial they compared a close up pic of the futon cover to the fabric wrapped around Joseph, it clearly looked like different fabric. I don't think pics of what he was wrapped in was available before the trial though.
     
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    Thanks geevee, i think the important thing for me is that personal belongings from the McStay home were missing, as well as the McStay family of course.
    Is it true that all the towels from the home were missing as well? And bedding?
     
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    LOL, that's all we'll ever get, I'm afraid.
     
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    Yes, all the towels were missing, not sure about all the bedding, it was gone from the master bed when TE and Mike did the video some time after the disappearance (March?) but recently I read that SB and friend may have washed them when they were cleaning.

    The fact that shop towels like what were found in the garage and painter's tape were found in the grave leads me to believe they were killed at home.
     
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    Thanks for clarifying, and agree they were killed at home.
     
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    If they were killed at home, why was Jr.'s backpack in the grave?
     
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    Maybe he tossed all the phones, wallets, keys, etc in it and then after emptying it, tossed into the grave with the bodies.
     
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