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CrimeProsecutors in trial on McStay family murder want jurors to view CNN interview defendant gave before his arrest

05:35  11 february  2019
05:35  11 february  2019 Source:   sandiegouniontribune.com

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The McStay family was an American family found murdered in the desert near Victorville, California, on November 13, 2013. The family disappeared from their home in Fallbrook, California, on February 4, 2010.

McStay family murder suspect Charles Ray Merritt appears in court at San Bernardino Superior Court, during a motion hearing, Monday, March 16, 2015. Merritt has pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder in the deaths of former business associate Joseph McStay , his wife Summer, and their two

Prosecutors in trial on McStay family murder want jurors to view CNN interview defendant gave before his arrest© Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times/TNS Charles "Chase" Merritt, 61, awaits opening statements on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 in San Bernardino, Calif. in his murder trial. He is accused of the murder of Joseph and Summer McStay and their two boys, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3.

Months before he was arrested on suspicion of murder in 2014, Charles "Chase" Merritt told a CNN reporter that he was "definitely the last person" Joseph McStay saw.

Now, jurors hearing the case that will decide whether Merritt killed McStay and his family may be allowed to see that television interview for themselves.

Last week, San Bernardino, Calif., Superior Court Judge Michael Smith gave prosecutors approval to play the recording for the panel, as long as prosecutors can get someone on the stand to authenticate it as a true representation of the interview.

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Joseph McStay , 40, his wife Summer, 43, and their two sons, Gianni, 3, and Joseph, 3, were A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Friday, May 4, before Judge Michael A. Smith. McStay ’s QuickBooks business account, according to sheriff’s investigators and county prosecutors , show that

Merritt is on trial for the murder of the McStay family from Fallbrook back in 2010. Prosecutors say Merritt, who crafted custom water fountains for Joseph McStay ’s Earth Inspired Products Deputy District Attorney Melissa Rodriguez told Smith that showing the photos to jurors was not intended to

Prosecutors in trial on McStay family murder want jurors to view CNN interview defendant gave before his arrest© Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times/TNS Charles "Chase" Merritt, 61, left, with attorney Rajan Maline, awaiting opening statements in his trial on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 in San Bernardino, Calif. Merritt is accused of killing Joseph and Summer McStay and their two boys, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3, in 2010 and burying their bodies in the desert in Victorville.

Merritt, 61, is charged with killing business partner McStay, 40; McStay's wife Summer, 43; and the couple's sons, Gianni, 4, and Joey Jr., 3.

The Fallbrook family disappeared in February 2010, their whereabouts a mystery.

In November 2013, a dirt biker happened across a child's skull during a ride in the desert outside Victorville, not far from Interstate 15.

It was Joey Jr.'s remains. The bones of the rest of the McStay family were found in graves near where the skull was found - more than 100 miles from the family's home.

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20, after jurors for the trial had been selected. Defense attorneys want to know why, and suggest “We want to see what the detective wrote to a judge,” defense attorney Rajan Maline said in a brief phone interview . Sheriff’s investigators believe Summer McStay was raped before she was killed

The McStay family ’s disappearance remained a mystery for four years, generating widespread public interest Maline said he is requesting in one of his motions that photos of the family , either candid family Defense in McStay family murder trial says DNA swab taken from defendant ’s brother.

A year later, in November 2014, San Bernardino County sheriff's detectives arrested Merritt. Prosecutors there charged him with four counts of murder.

Merritt - who has described Joseph McStay as his best friend _pleaded not guilty and remained jailed in the four years it took to get the case to trial.

McStay sold indoor water features and often hired Merritt, a welder, to make them. On Feb. 4, 2010, the two men had lunch in Rancho Cucamonga to discuss upcoming projects. It's the last known sighting of Joseph McStay.

In 2014, after the family's remains were found but before Merritt's arrest, CNN reporter Randi Kaye sat down with Merritt for a documentary on the missing family.

In a portion of the interview, Merritt told her that McStay might have spoken to others later that day, after their lunch.

"But you were the last person he saw?," Kaye asked Merritt.

"I'm definitely the last person he saw," Merritt said.

After Merritt's arrest, Kaye told CNN host Don Lemon that she and a crew spent about two hours with Merritt on the day of the interview in January 2014, and that he had been friendly and direct in his answers.

The courtroom discussion regarding the interview came during a week in which jurors heard less than two full days of testimony - Wednesday and some of Thursday.

Testimony continues this week.

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