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By Jeff Pack

Detective found 'no smoking gun' during investigation


Last updated 1/24/2019 at 9:35pm

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San Diego County sheriff's Detective Troy Dugal, who was assigned the missing persons case in mid-February 2010, testifies Jan. 16 in the murder trial of Charles "Chase" Merritt.

San Diego County sheriff's Detective Troy Dugal testified Jan. 16, that he found no evidence the McStay family was killed in their home during his investigation.

His testimony came in the trial of Charles "Chase" Merritt, who is charged with bludgeoning to death Joseph McStay, 40, his wife, Summer, 43, and their two children, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3, in February 2010 and burying their bodies in a San Bernardino desert.

Merritt has pleaded "not guilty" to four murder counts and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case.

Dugal said after he assumed the investigation Feb. 11...

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