A California man charged with killing his business associate, the man’s wife and two small children owed $30,000 to the victim and had other debts, authorities said in records released Wednesday.
The district attorney will seek the death penalty for a California man who is charged with the murders of a family of four.
Online court records show Charles “Chase” Merritt pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Superior Court in San Bernardino.
San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael A Smith ruled Monday there is sufficient evidence for 58-year-old Charles “Chase” Merritt to stand trial.
Authorities have kept quiet for months about what drove them to charge a man with killing a family of four and burying their bodies in shallow desert graves.
Joseph McStay’s former business partner, Charles Merritt, was arrested for the murders.
A 57-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges linked to the murder of the McStay family, authorities said.
Officials on Friday confirmed that the skeletal remains of two children found near Victorville are those of Joseph M. and Gianni McStay.
A heartbroken family was joined by community members Wednesday for an emotional vigil held in the desert.
Detective Troy DuGal has fielded hundreds of leads since entering the home of Joseph and Summer McStay a year ago to find rotten eggs on the kitchen counter and two cereal bowls full of popcorn on the living room futon.