Joseph McStay

Charles "Chase" Merritt was arrested in late 2013 in connection with the killings of Joseph and Summer McStay and their sons. (Photo credit: CBS)

Authorities Say Man Accused In McStay Family Killings Owed Victim Money

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.

07/01/2015

Joseph and Summer McStay’s skeletal remains were found in the high desert, along with the remains of their two young children, in November 2013. (credit: CBS)

DA To Seek Death Penalty In McStay Murders

The district attorney will seek the death penalty for a California man who is charged with the murders of a family of four.

06/29/2015

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Man Gets Trial Date For Murders Of Business Partner, Family

Online court records show Charles “Chase” Merritt pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Superior Court in San Bernardino.

06/24/2015

Joseph and Summer McStay’s skeletal remains were found in the high desert, along with the remains of their two young children, in November 2013. (credit: CBS)

Former Business Partner To Face Trial In Slayings Of McStay Family

San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael A Smith ruled Monday there is sufficient evidence for 58-year-old Charles “Chase” Merritt to stand trial.

CBS2 / KCAL9–06/15/2015

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Lawyer: Suspect In McStay Family Murders Has Alibi

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.

06/15/2015

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Court Documents Reveal New Info About Mysterious McStay Family Murders

Joseph McStay’s former business partner, Charles Merritt, was arrested for the murders.

01/23/2015

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Suspect In McStay Family Murders Pleads Not Guilty

A 57-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges linked to the murder of the McStay family, authorities said.

CBS2 / KCAL9–11/12/2014

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DNA Tests Identify Remains Found Near Victorville As McStay Children

Officials on Friday confirmed that the skeletal remains of two children found near Victorville are those of Joseph M. and Gianni McStay.

11/22/2013

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Emotional Vigil Held For Members Of Slain McStay Family

A heartbroken family was joined by community members Wednesday for an emotional vigil held in the desert.

11/20/2013

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Year Later, OC Family’s Disappearance Is A Mystery

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.

02/06/2011