CA - Joey, Summer, Gianni, Joseph Jr McStay Murders - Feb 4th 2010 #16

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  1. Tricia

    Tricia Owner Websleuths.com Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    On Feb 4th, 2010 the McStay Family, Joey, Summer, Gianni, and Joseph Jr vanished from their home. It looked like the family simply got up and left their home never to return.

    Law Enforcement was convinced that the McStay family ran away to Mexico.

    Patrick McStay, Joey's father, along with other loved ones knew there was no way Joey and his family would never flee to Mexico. There was no reason for this scenario presented by law enforcement.

    Up until the remains of the family were found buried in the desert on November 11, 2013, Patrick McStay searched for his son and his family.

    Family friend Chase Merritt was arrested for the McStay family murders on Nov 7th, 2014 and finally, Merritt's first-degree murder trial is underway.

    The McStay forum is in our private section. However, we are making the discussion of the trial public.

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  2. Harmony 2

    Harmony 2 Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    STOP personalizing posts. Timeouts will be forthcoming if this manner of posting continues.

    Differences of opinion are to be expected and are allowed as long as the discussion remains civil and respectful. Looking at something from another angle is the foundation of this forum community. To expect members from all over the world and all walks of life to think the same is unrealistic.

    If you don’t agree with a post, either scroll and roll or put the other member on ignore. Do not announce that you are placing someone on ignore- just do it.

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    Harmony 2 Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    It is against TOS to sleuth the families of the victims or the defendant. Moreover, victim bashing is not allowed and will be removed. If you are missing a post check your alerts and the reason for post removal is given.
     
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    Tricia Owner Websleuths.com Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Everyone, please remember we do not allow discussions of R.B's book or R.B. If you don't know who I am talking about that's a good thing.

    Thank you,
    Tricia
     
  5. MsBetsy

    MsBetsy Well-Known Member

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    I think that depends on the evidence. It would be impossible to make any sort of judgement based on one factor by itself. Imo
     
  6. katydid23

    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    Doesn't 'suspicion' of the person always come before they are put on trial?
     
  7. smr

    smr Former Member

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    What I see in those posts is that because CM is on trial for murder, therefore everything about him is bad.
     
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    smr Former Member

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    It was re:
     
  9. smr

    smr Former Member

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    This thread may well see the end of testimonies and the beginning of jury deliberations?
     
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    Karinna Well-Known Member

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    I think i just want to concentrate about what he has actually done in regard to the McStay family, because this is the Trial thread. But that's just me.
     
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    Following
     
  12. smr

    smr Former Member

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    He raised concern and asked and persuaded MM to visit the house.
     
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    It is a shame that in his sixty plus years of living, he has very little to show, little to be proud of, and few, if any redeeming qualities. I don't think one should expect wonderful and uplifting things to be said about someone on trial for the murders of an entire family. If there is anything good about him, or what he has done with his life, there will be an opportunity to share that during the penalty phase of the trial.
     
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    I don't know enough about CM to make a judgement on his sixty plus years of living. That said, is everyone else surrounding JM and his business better than CM as a human being? Does everyone else near JM have more to show, more to be proud of, than CM? (Keep in mind we are speaking when he has not been convicted of murder yet.)
     
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    All the others can certainly say that they have never been accused of and tried for the murders of four people, including two babies.
     
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    smr Former Member

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    Circular argument.
     
  17. Karinna

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    IMO, the investigators in this case had charged CM for this most heinous crime, not because of a character assassination of him, but through evidence that pointed back through evidence found by the investigation to Merritt having committed the murders. And only him. And that is the only reason he stands on trial right now.
     
  18. missy1974

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    trailing behind following you :D:p
     
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    Missy - I have searched & searched and re-listened to testimony and also re-read the Prelim transcript searching for more info on where exactly in Grave B the 1/2 portion of the bra was located but can't find squat. :) And as far as why Dr. Bob Hunter didn't testify (since he was the main person doing that excavation) I did find an outdated website about him and in 2013 at the time of the investigation he would have had about 44 years tenure with San Bernardino county as a Deputy Coroner Investigator. So jump forward to trial 2019 and I imagine he's been retired for a while and likely elderly. So that's probably why he wasn't called to testify.

    Bob Hunter - SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
     
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    Thanks for looking @MrsPC! At least I know someone else can't find it either LOL And thanks for the info on Hunter... although, being retired shouldn't stop him from testifying (unless there are health issues). IIRC Jones is also retired. Not that I think anything is nefarious about him not testifying, it's just usually part of the process in the trial... it's like the defense couldn't just call Cybergenetics... had to start with Ryan, then Nash, then Pujols, then Perlin. It's a chain of custody thing, lays the foundation for the next person.

    I did find the testimony that I listened to again way more interesting now than I did at the time, some of the questions asked make more sense now. I also didn't take notes those first few weeks lol

    One thing I would like to know is... the stats on just how many bodies are found in that area. Dr. Gray was asked about that, I recall it early in the trial, but hearing it again, I want to know the Stats now. She was asked about Stoddard Wells Rd and said she had been out there at least a dozen times, and when asked if was common, she said as common as other places along the 15. Asked about finding bodies between Victorville and Barstow, she said they are pretty frequent. I can tell by googling that it happens, I know that. But I'm a number's person, how many is 'pretty frequent' :confused: It sounded like she didn't even need directions from the deputy that called her.

    I liked Dr. Gray though! Her job is not fun and it can also be boring testimony, but she didn't make it boring and I liked that her demeanour didn't change between prosecutor/defense :)
     
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