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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:18 pm 
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I'm tired of these delays. :roll I'll update when there's a concrete trial date next year.

September 23, 2016

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 and last seven months.
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Judge Michael A. Smith, who is also presiding [over both cases], scheduled Merritt’s next hearing for Oct. 21 for a case management conference.

Source: http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20160 ... tion-trial


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Tentative trial date set for McStay family murder suspect ‘Chase’ Merritt
By Joe Nelson | The Sun | July 21, 2017


A tentative trial date was set Friday in San Bernardino County Superior Court for Charles Ray “Chase” Merritt, charged in the bludgeoning deaths of a San Diego County family of four whose remains were found buried near Victorville in 2013.

Jury selection is scheduled for Sept. 18 and trial is tentatively set for Sept. 25.
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Trial was delayed because Merritt’s attorney, Rajan Maline, has been tied up since Jan. 4 with the Colonies public corruption trial, in which he is representing one of four defendants. Closing arguments are scheduled to begin in that trial Aug. 14.

Maline said in a telephone interview Friday he anticipates that jury selection will begin as scheduled but will take some time. He said he doesn’t expect opening statements to begin until late October.

Maline expects the trial to last at least three months and probably longer.

The trial will be heard in Judge Michael A. Smith’s courtroom. Smith is the judge presiding over the Colonies trial.

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Trial date ‘solid’ for McStay family murder suspect, defense attorney says
By Joe Nelson | The Sun | August 24, 2017


A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Friday set a Nov. 13 trial date for Charles “Chase” Merritt, charged in the bludgeoning deaths of a San Diego County family of four whose remains were found buried in the Mojave Desert, near Victorville, in 2013.

Merritt, 60, of Homeland, stands accused of the February 2010 beating deaths of Fallbrook residents Joseph McStay,  40, his wife, Summer, 43, and their two children, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3. He was arrested and charged with the crimes in November 2014, nearly a year after the McStay family’s remains were discovered in San Bernardino County.
Merritt faces the death penalty if convicted.

During a pretrial hearing Friday, Judge Michael A. Smith ticked off a series of new court dates: a trial readiness hearing set for Sept. 21, a motions hearing for Oct. 30, another pretrial hearing for Nov. 9, and jury selection and trial for Nov. 13.

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