GUILTY Chase Merritt Charged W/Murder of Joseph, Summer, Gianni and Joe Jr McStay #4

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  1. katydid23

    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    not necessarily. You can get 1st degree charges even if not premeditated if it is especially heinous.
     
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  2. Tortoise

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    Yes. I suppose it reflects lingering doubt on the first degree element, even though they were certain enough to convict beyond a reasonable doubt. I guess they couldn't say his murder was first degree beyond all/any doubt. IMO.
     
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  3. Edmo

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    Did you see his fake tears when LWOP was read? He thought he had a chance at that moment of a life in prison, until the DEATH verdicts came down, BOOM !
     
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    Has anyone seen this happen before, the DP and LWOP? Am I the only one who didn't think this kind of a verdict was possible? I've never watched a multiple person homicide trial so this is new to me.
     
  5. Kittybunny

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    Thank god! Another step closer to finally ending this drawn-out agonizing process to justice.
     
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  6. ilovewings

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    That is just strange
     
  7. oceanblueeyes

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    He will set an tentative date for execution at the sentencing in September.

    Imo, no JS will not set aside the 3 death sentences. In fact if it had been up to him he would have gotten 4 death sentences. Imo.

    Imo
     
  8. cryscrys

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    You are absolutely right. I have no idea then. I know the jury had a hard task in front of them and it is always easy to say I would have or they should have, but that has to be a slap in the face for Joey's family.
     
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    Isn't the jury just making a recommendation? Isnt up to the judge to pass the final sentence?
     
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  10. Edmo

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    He will NEVER eat at McDonald's, go grocery shopping or doing daily mundane things EVER again. He will live on a concrete floor, surrounded by 3 brick walls and a cage. EXACTLY the punishment he deserves, IMO.
     
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  12. oceanblueeyes

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    Yes sort of in the Scott Peterson trial. They found 1st degree on the murder of Laci, and 2nd degree on Connor.

    They recommended death for murdering Laci.

    I think they thought the first murder even if premeditated would only warrant LWOP standing alone.

    But the other three lives he took deserved a death sentence.

    Imo
     
  13. thornfae

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    Wow. They thought about it, they really thought about it. As a former San Bernardinian, I must say the confidence I felt in the jury here was not misplaced. First Guilty on all four counts, with the special circumstance. Now DP times 3 and one LWOP.

    I don't believe the jury thought Joey's life was any less valuable than that of his wife and children. I think that they would have spared CM's life for the one atrocious, greed-filled act, but that the rest of the family with whom he did not have a business relationship were true innocents.

    He has to be sent to Death Row now and even if it's overturned on appeals or by virtue of politics, he's not walking out of prison ever.
     
  14. la2cabo

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    Limited visits from loved ones, no street clothes, no darkness or quiet when he tries to sleep...

    But he'll have lots of time to hone his card playing skills.
     
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    Maybe their business partnership took some small part in the LWOP? I don't know, hopefully we will hear why they voted the way they did.
     
  16. oceanblueeyes

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    Yes. He cant elevate Joey's murder to the death penalty, but imo, he will go strictly by what the jury has recommend.

    Imo
     
  17. citygirl

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    And never enter a casino again. EVER.
     
  18. Cricket28

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    I still think that once he gets to his permanent home we should all send him gift certificates to Chick-fil-a. lol
     
  19. Edmo

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    OMG !! YES
     
  20. Recidivist

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    Well, is no one going to do an interview. No juror, no lawyer, no family?
     
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