Discussion in 'Trials' started by Tricia, Jan 9, 2019.
With the rains, he couldn't go too far off the roads.
True. But if one of those addicted gamblers begins stealing blank checks from his boss, and then hacks into his boba's Book account and creates checks to himself, and deletes them, then CASHES THEM, by forging the bosses signature------Would that increase the possibility that the gambler might feel cornered and agitated and possibly it could end in violence?
Would Joey be worth something alive and well, even if he were going to distance himself from Chase and if he confronted Chase about the missing blank checks?
Maybe in a case like that , where Joey might say that Chase already owed him thousands of dollars and he wasn't going to pay him anymore until that was paid back, Chase wouldn't feel that Joey was worth more alive than dead?
This is fake testimony and obvious tailoring.
Disgraceful from McGee IMO
This sees to be a major issue for the defence?
We know he never got any cheques. He created them himself. So this is clear evidence of alibi creation by Chase
Leticia Juarez @ABC7Leticia 6m6 minutes ago
She recalls Merritt’s last contact with McStay was on Feb 4th. Merritt was on his way to meet McStay for lunch and get checks.
I don’t know but I don’t think Maline was happy that she said that. Also very telling that she said “my longest interview with them was right after I took the lie detector test.” To me this is pretty damning just in itself. If the test indicated no deception, seems reasonable that they would probably cut her loose. Instead they turned up the heat and interrogated her immediately afterwards, and I think Maline was trying to get it out of her how rough they were with her during this interview yet she maintained her story about the call from Joey. Would make for a solid argument if there was a shred of corroborating evidence - cough cough phone records - I think that was the purpose of Taylor’s testimony but unfortunately that went VERY badly for the defense todayIMO. Hope the jury caught this!
So... was Cathy Jarvis the last witness for the day? TIA!
Ireland. The disappeared and Laura ling episodes were broadcast over here and the rest as they say is history.
He's perfect! Do I see socks??
We are being played
There comes a point where the defence case becomes too laughable for serious discussion
This was the point
Thursday, March 14th:
*Trial continues (Day 32) (@ 9:30am PT) - CA - McStay Family: Joseph (40), Summer (43), Gianni (4) & Joey Jr (3) (Feb. 4, 2010, Fallbrook; found Nov. 11, 2013) - *Charles "Chase" Ray Merritt (57/now 60) arrested (11/5/14) & indicted (11/7/14) of 4 counts of murder with special circumstance; plead not guilty. DP case.
12 jurors & 6 alternates were finalized on Tuesday (12/11/18). 8 women & 4 men, while the alternates include 4 men & 2 women. Trial started 1/7/19. Dark on Fridays.
See Trial Days 1 (1/7/19) thru 26 (2/28/18) links - reference post #541 here:
CA - Joey, Summer, Gianni, Joseph Jr McStay Murders - Feb 4th 2010 #12
3/4/19 Day 27: Defense arguing against a clip from CNN to be played in court. Which is "I am definitely the last person he saw"). Judge overrules, it will be played. And about photos of video surveillance allegedly showing Merritt's truck are among the issues currently being argued. State witness: Sgt. Ryan Smith (recalled). DA shows CNN clip. DA rests case. Defense asked for dismissal of all charges. Denied. There is a hearing 3/8 re OSC: Failure to comply to subpoena order (Google & Microsoft) without jurors. Jurors will be back in court on Tuesday, 3/12 to hear last State witness re FARO scan testimony by Eugene Liscio. Pros wanted the defense’s witness list, they hadn't received it.
3/8/19 Day 28: On 2/27/19 Subpoena Records Rec’d from: JP Morgan Chase Bank & Arrowhead Reg. Med. Ctr. 2/28/19 Subpoena Recrds Rec’d from: Cable News Network (CNN). 3/4/19 Subpoena Records Rec’d from: CNN & Google. OSC (Order to Show Cause) Contempt hearing scheduled for 3/11. Trial continues on 3/12 @ 9:30am.
3/11/19 Day 29: Added to court site on 3/26 Other Hearing @ 9:30 AM / 9:00 AM Status of Subpoena Duces Tecum (Microsoft).
3/12/19 Day 30: State witness: Eugene Liscio. He is a 3D forensic analyst. He used FARO SCENE software to analyze the neighbor surveillance video showing a vehicle. The prosecution's case-in-chief is over. Defense will begin their case tomorrow, 3/13. Court only in session 2 1/2 days next week. There are several other days coming up that court will not be in session due to attorney schedules, jury schedules, etc.
3/13/19 Day 31: Judge Michael A. Smith is addressing the jury about Gov. Newsom's moratorium on death penalty, "It has no effect on this phase of the trial. Also don't consider that for any purpose. I will guide you on law." Defense witnesses: Sara Taylor Jarvis, Merritt's daughter. Catherine Jarvis, ex of Merritt's. Trial continues on 3/14.
Schedule for week of 3/18: Mon. 3/18-early finish; Tues. 3/19-full trial day, Wed. 3/20-full trial day, Thurs. 3/21 & Fri. 3/22-Dark; Wed. 3/27-late start, possible whole morning off.
I think it’s been established that Chase was very impulsive and didn’t act in a way that shows he had any kind of self control/responsibility/was planning for the future. He lived check to check, constantly overdrew his bank account, no savings, gambled thousands when his family was struggling to make rent, burned bridges - many failed business Relationships, theft, felonies, etc. My point is this is not a rational person who would see the value of keeping a good working relationship with Joey for his own future benefit. This was a guy who did just about anything for quick cash (payday loans, gambling, manipulating Joey, Susan Blake, Geist Construction, failing to complete jobs, lying that jobs were completed to receive payment, using cheaper materials, shoddy work that was charged back Joey) and didn’t care who he screwed over in the process. He looked at people and saw dollar signs, nothing more. I think he was very jealous of Joseph, probably thought the guy had so much money he wouldn’t even notice a grand or two missing. He got brave/desperate and cashed that fraudulent check.
Soo to say Joey was worth more alive than dead to Chase doesn’t hold much water IMO. To most rational people - yes that would be the case. But I’ve witnessed manic people/addicts and seen how they destroy everything and anything important around them to get that next high, or fix, etc.
I believe it all came crashing down for Chase when Joseph confronted him. I don’t think he killed Joey FOR the money necessarily, rather most likely flew into a sudden fit of rage when he realized Joseph was going to report him to the authorities and cut ties with him completely. At that point he had absolutely nothing to lose and to gain he had only his freedom and his pride.
I think the backdated checks to himself were probably like an afterthought or bonus for him. Again, no self control...he just couldn’t help himself. And that was his downfall and biggest mistake, without the Quickbooks evidence he likely never would have been arrested.
We already know chase wasn't at home watching a movie because he missed all the Jarvis calls and finally called her back at 9.30 pm
His daughter has been obviously coached to lie
This tells you everything you need to know
Well let them produce the paid medical bills.
Well, apparently, the tweet the reporter sent, was worded poorly. Upon listening to the audio, the daughter did not say she saw the call come in. She says she remembers her parents arguing about the call that weekend.
I still think there is more to the story than a missed phone call though.
BBM. He did. He probably underestimated the difficulty digging where he did. Just because it was a poor choice means nothing really. Because he was experienced at mining doesn't mean he was any good at it. Even the guy he went prospecting with suspected he did knowing how to look for placer. Also the place he chose was pretty well hidden from view. He could have been there all day without anyone seeing him.
Surely if the caller doesn't want to leave a voicemail, it wouldnt go to voicemail?
I would not say the case is well known in the UK. I signed up for the Dylan Redwine case on here and then got posting on this case as it was intriguing- how does a family of 4 just vanish into thin air.
Why wouldn’t Joey want to leave a voicemail though that makes no sense as he called him for a purpose so then if you don’t answer then you leave a message?
People tend to behave logically and so many things have to be suspended to make Chase’s story fit. Do you have proof that Joey never left voicemails messages for people he rung and who didn’t pick up?
He was running a business so leaving voicemail messages is the norm!!