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

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  1. wary

    wary Well-Known Member

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    After the verdict, the prosecution said they had three days of testimomy, and the defense said they had two.

    Then, you’re right that JD mentioned 4-5 days.
     


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    FleurQualia Searching Soul

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    This sounds dangerously close to the "it was an accident" excuse we hear all the time.

    Yep, he picked up a sledgehammer and beat each of them individually on accident. I'm totally buying it.
     
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    I hope there will be an explanation of what she meant by "he didn't mean it," and verification of who "he" is.
    It's hard to know for sure what she meant since we don't know the context of the conversation. Imo
     
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    she put her hand on it and the reporter told her not to
     
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    'he didn't mean to bludgeon a family of four to death'
    'he didn't mean to bash in two little boy's heads'
    'he didn't mean to steal from and defraud his best friend'
    'he didn't mean to gamble away his family's rent money'
    'he didn't mean to stiff customers out of finished products'
    'he didn't mean to .......... '
     
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    Hard to believe Taylor comes from that same family.
     
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    But we don’t know her at all. You have seen her a tiny bit over the last few months so how can anybody judge?
     
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    coming soon directly from death row's Theatre of Pain....Charles Merritt musical a la Chicago...

    staring Chase Merritt....directed and produced by Charles Merritt....
     
  12. MsFacetious

    MsFacetious What a Kerfuffle...

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    I'm sure that's the case in several states and the child of a defendant may be an exception whether I agree with it or not. I suspect in this case it was simply the lackadaisical nature of the judge that allowed it.

    There is literally signs on every court room door in the three other states I've been to courtrooms in. They basically say no hats, cell phones have to be silenced, that children are allowed but they must be quiet and not disrupt the proceedings.

    I've seen dozens of children over the last few years... newborn - 10 generally. I presume older than that people just leave them home. I disagree with them being in there because I'm in criminal court. You never know what kind of case is going to come up next.

    I've only ever seen them asked to leave when it was a closed hearing though. So apparently others disagree with my opinion. :confused:
     
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    Hi cabo...Tracy is in Europe on a long planned vacation. The DA was going to try and figure out a way for her to testify remotely. They also were working on a way to get Blanche and Ken there
     
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    I totally agree! I hope we get to hear from her mom, her sister, her brother!

    Ridiculous that L&C isn't covering this live. I was crazy busy at work this morning, but I checked in around the time it was supposed to start and read all the posts about no feeds, etc. But it does sound like they are going to have audio/video? So maybe there was just a problem with the streaming today? Although, the scheduling looks ridiculous again too... days off, half days... I have never watched a trial like this before and hope I never do again lol ( I will not be watching any more Cali trials lol)
     
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    JD Crighton (@JDCrighton) | Twitter
    It’s a scorching 109 degrees in front of the San Bernardino County Superior Court. We’re back in session to continue the penalty phase of the capital murder trial. Michael McStay returns to the stand @ 1:36 pm and Imes continues.
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    I wonder if CM had disclosed to his family what he actually did? WHY in the world would she instantaneously say that? THAT was no slip of the tongue.
     
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    Thank you for the update. I hope each family/friend who lost a loved one has an opportunity to express their tremendous losses. I think the jury needs to hear it and I think the victims need to speak it to help with their grieving process. IMO this seems like one of the more painful times in the entire trial as it really brings it home that their loved ones are dead never to return.
     
  19. LadyL

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    it was though
    it was a classic freudian slip
    she knows IMO in her heart that he did it and the only way she can reconcile that knowledge is to tell herself he didn't mean it
    the family dynamics are fascinating to me ... perhaps people have been making excuses for him his entire life
     
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    No slip of the tongue considering she said it twice.
     
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