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Post by Freckles on Tue May 03, 2016 12:32 am

From Feb 2015:

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Joseph McStay, his wife, Summer, and their two sons went missing in 2010. The Fallbrook family’s skeletal remains were found in the desert near Victorville in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Rick Baker)
Joseph McStay, his wife, Summer, and their two sons went missing in 2010. The Fallbrook family’s skeletal remains were found in the desert near Victorville in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Rick Baker)
SAN BERNARDINO >> Charles “Chase” Merritt, accused of beating a family to death in their home five years ago and burying their bodies in the Mojave Desert near Victorville, appeared in court Thursday for the first time as his own attorney — without a doctor’s note.

Merritt, 57, of Homeland, suffers from congestive heart failure and was ordered by San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith on Jan. 30 to obtain a doctor’s note saying he was medically able to defend himself in his own murder case.

• Photos: Charles Merritt appears in court

Merritt told Smith Thursday that the jail had since sent him to a doctor who cleared him to act as his own attorney.

“They took me to the hospital and checked me out,” Merritt said, a brown accordion file stuffed with documents sitting before him on the attorney’s table, “and the doctor said I was healthy enough to handle it, but I don’t know whether they sent you anything or not.”

Smith said he had not received the doctor’s report.

“We’ll order the jail to provide a medical report regarding the defendant’s medical condition and ability to represent himself medically,” Smith said....."

http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20150219/mcstay-family-slaying-suspect-asks-judge-for-better-resources

I was trying to follow the list of attys in this case. David Farrell is from Phelan, CA according to a list of attys in San Bernardino County.
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Re: Chase Merritt on trial for McStay Family Murders

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Thu May 05, 2016 11:21 pm

People v. Merritt: Court Schedule

The next court date is June 3 , 2016

Nothing to report on the May 5 hearing other than the continuance.

https://mcstayfamilymurdersthetrial.com/people-v-merritt-court-schedule/
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Re: Chase Merritt on trial for McStay Family Murders

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Tue May 10, 2016 10:57 pm

Trial date elusive in McStay case

Defendant’s frequent change in attorneys have led to multiple delays

By Teri Figueroa | 6:02 p.m. May 9, 2016

A year and a half after Charles “Chase” Merritt was arrested in the bludgeoning deaths of the McStay family of Fallbrook, there’s no trial date in sight — not exactly the fast pace the ailing 59-year-old defendant said he wanted in the death penalty case.

At one point, the trial had been set for this month, according to court records. One reason that’s not happening is that Merritt has parted ways with five attorneys since the case began, and twice opted to act as his own counsel. He remains jailed without bail.

On Monday, Merritt’s latest defense attorneys said their goal is to get the matter to trial by the end of the year.

“We are trying to go as fast as we can,” Riverside-based attorney Rajan Maline said. “We represent an innocent person. He has health problems and doesn’t want this to be his legacy.”

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http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/may/09/merritt-attorneys-say-trial-may-come-by-end-of/
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Re: Chase Merritt on trial for McStay Family Murders

Post by CuriousPortlander on Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:46 pm


MCSTAY SLAYINGS: Hearing delayed for murder suspect

By DOUG SAUNDERS / STAFF WRITER
Published: June 3, 2016 Updated: 6:58 p.m.


...The defense requested and was granted a continuance,” said San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Christopher Lee.

...Charles “Chase” Merritt, 58, of Homeland will return to San Bernardino County Superior Court on July 8 for the hearing, according to Lee.

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Read more:  http://www.pe.com/articles/san-804728-hearing-lee.html
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Re: Chase Merritt on trial for McStay Family Murders

Post by Mylife101 on Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:22 pm

Again! Seriously, how many times is Merritt going to get away with stalling this trial?
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Post by Weeziethm on Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:48 am

Defense: AT&T not providing subpoenaed records in McStay family murder case

The motion, filed under seal, was discussed during a pretrial hearing for Merritt, 59, of Homeland, who faces the death penalty in connection with the February 2010 beating deaths of Joseph McStay, 40, his wife, Summer, 43, and their two sons, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3, in their Fallbrook home in San Diego County.

Merritt’s attorney, Rajan Maline, said he and defense attorney James E. McGee II have issued three subpoenaes to AT&T since April requesting the records, but the communications company has not complied with the requests.

...During his preliminary hearing, Merritt was described as a debt-ridden gambling addict who wrote multiple checks totaling more $21,000 on Joseph McStay’s online QuickBooks account within a week of the family’s disappearance. The checks were deleted from McStay’s computer once they were printed, according to court testimony.

WHOA!

http://www.sbsun.com/government-and-politics/20160708/defense-atampt-not-providing-subpoenaed-records-in-mcstay-family-murder-case
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Re: Chase Merritt on trial for McStay Family Murders

Post by Freckles on Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:12 pm

Mylife101 wrote:Again! Seriously, how many times is Merritt going to get away with stalling this trial?

Weezie has shown us that there was another stall...surely, those records can be obtained from prosecution???
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Re: Chase Merritt on trial for McStay Family Murders

Post by Weeziethm on Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:37 am

San Bernardino judge orders AT&T to produce records in McStay family murder case

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered AT&T to produce records requested by defense attorneys in the capital murder case of Charles Ray Merritt, accused of killing a San Diego County family of four and burying their bodies in the Mojave Desert near Victorville.

Since April, Merritt’s attorneys have attempted to subpoena the records, but AT&T has not provided the records, so, defense attorneys filed a motion with the court during Merritt’s July 8 hearing to compel AT&T to produce the records in question.

McGee would not disclose the information he and colleague Rajan Maline have requested from AT&T.

http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20160719/san-bernardino-judge-orders-atampt-to-produce-records-in-mcstay-family-murder-case
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Re: Chase Merritt on trial for McStay Family Murders

Post by Freckles on Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:10 pm

^^^^
I have to wonder why ATT is dragging its feet.
Since Fast and Furious, the FBI has access to everything.
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Re: Chase Merritt on trial for McStay Family Murders

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:44 am

The next court hearing is scheduled for September 23rd, 2016.
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Re: Chase Merritt on trial for McStay Family Murders

Post by Mylife101 on Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:01 am

Chase Merritt is going to die of old age or his purported heart problems before the McStay family receives some semblance of justice for beautiful lives they were not allowed to live. Geez!!!!
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Re: Chase Merritt on trial for McStay Family Murders

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:35 pm

McStay family murder trial conflicts with Colonies corruption trial

BY JOE NELSON  / STAFF WRITER  
Published: Sept. 23, 2016 6:10 p.m.

The attorney for McStay family murder suspect Charles "Chase" Merritt told a San Bernardino Superior Court judge Friday he cannot begin trial until he finishes defending another client in a public corruption case, scheduled to begin Oct. 17 that could last seven months.

Merritt’s attorney, Rajan Maline, is defending former San Bernardino County Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin in the far-reaching Colonies corruption case. In that case, prosecutors allege Erwin and two former top county officials conspired with a Rancho Cucamonga developer to fix a $102 million settlement between the county and Rancho Cucamonga investor group Colonies Partners LP in November 2006 in exchange for bribes.

Also charged in the Colonies case are former county Supervisor Paul Biane, Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for erstwhile county Supervisor Gary Ovitt.

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http://www.pe.com/articles/merritt-814087-case-mcstay.html
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Re: Chase Merritt on trial for McStay Family Murders

Post by Mylife101 on Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:08 am

Alessandra_Deux wrote:McStay family murder trial conflicts with Colonies corruption trial

BY JOE NELSON  / STAFF WRITER  
Published: Sept. 23, 2016 6:10 p.m.

The attorney for McStay family murder suspect Charles "Chase" Merritt told a San Bernardino Superior Court judge Friday he cannot begin trial until he finishes defending another client in a public corruption case, scheduled to begin Oct. 17 that could last seven months.

Merritt’s attorney, Rajan Maline, is defending former San Bernardino County Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin in the far-reaching Colonies corruption case. In that case, prosecutors allege Erwin and two former top county officials conspired with a Rancho Cucamonga developer to fix a $102 million settlement between the county and Rancho Cucamonga investor group Colonies Partners LP in November 2006 in exchange for bribes.

Also charged in the Colonies case are former county Supervisor Paul Biane, Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for erstwhile county Supervisor Gary Ovitt.

Read more:

http://www.pe.com/articles/merritt-814087-case-mcstay.html

From this article:
""I think it is progressing very rapidly," Maline said."

Seriously??? Really??? You don't say???
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Re: Chase Merritt on trial for McStay Family Murders

Post by Freckles on Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:17 am

No one else at the law firm is capable of defending him
?
IIRC, he wanted to defend himself at one time...

Make sure he is locked up, first, and agree to the trial delay..
Charge him each day for room and board.... and see how fast that atty changes his mind!
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Re: Chase Merritt on trial for McStay Family Murders

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:42 pm

People v. Merritt: Court Schedule

FVI1404194

Upcoming Hearing October 21, 2016

Trial Readiness Conference


https://mcstayfamilymurdersthetrial.com/people-v-merritt-court-schedule/
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