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By Jeff Pack

Jury selection begins in McStay murder case, opening statements in January


Last updated 11/9/2018 at 12:37am

Jury selection began Monday, Oct. 29, in the death-penalty case of Charles “Chase” Merritt, who is charged with killing four members of a Fallbrook family in 2010.

Merritt is accused of killing Joseph McStay, 40, his wife, Summer, 43, and their two children, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3, in February of that year, though he was not charged until four years later.

The trial of Merritt, 61, of Homeland, who has pleaded “not guilty” and remains in jail without bail, is a long time coming for those connected with the case.

Jurors will be questioned starting Dec. 3, and the case will b...

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