NH1 News Debates


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.


--  Dealing with the Disease of Addiction? Click here for help --

More from NH1.com

NH1 News Debates
NH1 News Replay

NH1 on Twitter

NH1 SkyView Cameras

NH1 on Facebook

Check out NH1 News Rail Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome