By Jeff Pack
Jeff Pack Writer 

True crime author discusses the trial of Chase Merritt


Last updated 6/17/2019 at 8:57am

JD Crighton has been covering the murder trial of Chase Merritt, who is accused of killing the McStay family of Fallbrook in 2010, for a true crime book she is writing.

True crime author JD Crighton couldn't have known how long it would take for the state of California to prove that Charles "Chase" Merritt is guilty of murdering the McStay family.

"When I dedicated myself to this case, I never imagined the trial would take five months," Crighton said.

But it did. In fact, it took six months.

Merritt was convicted of murder in the first degree of Joseph and Summer McStay and the couple's young sons – including 4-year-old Gianni and 3-year-old Joseph Jr. – by a jury of 12 people Monday, June 10.

It is a verdict that Crighton agreed with, she said.


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