By Jeff Pack
Writer 

McStay family murder trial in the hands of jury now

 

Last updated 6/6/2019 at 12:24pm

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Charles "Chase" Merritt, seated at left, and his defense team listens to Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith give the jury their final instructions Thursday, May 30, before deliberation in the trial begins.

A jury of 12 people has begun deliberations to decide whether the state of California proved its case in the capital murder trial of Charles "Chase" Merritt accused of killing a Fallbrook family of four in February 2010.

During the start of the first full day of jury deliberations Monday, June 3, a report by the Press-Enterprise indicated that there have been allegations of jury tampering by the defense.

Several reports indicated that a man named Robert Wallace, who has been at the trial frequently and is working on a book and with a documentary film crew, approached two alternate jurors....



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