Nov 7, 2014 6:13 PM
Suspect in court in slaying of California family
The Associated Press
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) A man charged with murdering a business associate and his family has made a brief court appearance but did not enter a plea.
Charles Ray Merritt, who goes by the nickname Chase, agreed Friday to postpone his arraignment to Nov. 12.
The 57-year-old Merritt was arrested earlier this week in the Feb. 4, 2010, deaths of 40-year-old Joseph McStay, McStay's 43-year-old wife Summer, and their two sons, 4-year-old Gianni and 3-year-old Joseph.
The McStays disappeared from their home in the San Diego County town of Fallbrook and were missing until late last year, when their bodies were found in shallow graves in the desert near Victorville.
Merritt's attorney, Robert Ponce, did not immediately return a call or email seeking comment.