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By Jeff Pack

Jury recommends death penalty for Merritt

Jury says Merritt should be put to death for three of four murders of Fallbrook's McStay family


Last updated 7/1/2019 at 2:40pm

Charles "Chase" Merritt bows his head as he was sentenced Monday, June 24, to the death penalty on three of the four counts of murdering the McStay family of Fallbrook in 2010. Law and Crime Network photo

A San Bernardino County jury of 12 people recommended a sentence of death for Charles "Chase" Merritt Monday, June 24, in counts two, three and four, but life in prison without the possibility of parole on count one exactly two weeks since they found him guilty of murdering Fallbrook's McStay family with special circumstances on all counts.

The jury recommended Merritt be put to death for the murders of Summer McStay and her two young sons, but recommended life in prison without parole for the murder of Joseph McStay.

Merritt will be formally sentenced Sept. 27.

Merritt's head dropped as...

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