Man accused of killing San Diego County family proclaims innocence in jail interview


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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, California — A man charged with killing a San Diego County family whose bodies were found buried in the desert says he did not commit the crime.

Charles "Chase" Merritt proclaimed his innocence in a jailhouse interview aired this week on KABC-TV ( ).

The 57-year-old says the evidence he's reviewed shows there is nothing to connect him to either the gravesite or the scene of the killings at the family home.

Merritt, who is representing himself in court, says his former lawyer was "in over his head."

He says evidence that has been sealed will be revealed at his preliminary hearing.

Forty-year-old Joseph McStay, his 43-year-old wife Summer and their sons, 4-year-old Gianni and 3-year-old Joseph Jr., disappeared from their Fallbrook home in 2010.

Merritt was a business associate of Joseph McStay.

Information from: KABC-TV,

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