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By Jeff Pack

Detective indicates his findings couldn't prove McStays were killed in home


Last updated 2/8/2019 at 1:41pm

Charles "Chase" Merritt looks on as San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department detective Sgt. Ryan Smith looks at documents on a screen during trial proceedings last week

The defense team for Charles "Chase" Merritt called San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department detective Sgt. Joseph Steers Thursday, Jan. 29, to discuss his involvement in the McStay family homicide investigation.

Steers was brought into the case to investigate the investigation performed by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department as well as the grave site location.

Merritt is accused of murdering Joseph and Summer McStay as well as the couple's two young sons in Fallbrook in 2010 and burying their bodies in a San Bernardino desert.

The McStay family, who lived in the Lake Rancho Viejo...

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