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McStay Murder Trial: Jury Reaches Verdict But Decision Will Be Released Later

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Jurors have reached a verdict in the case of a Southern California man charged with killing a family of four and burying their bodies in the desert.

Charles Merritt appears in court in San Bernardino in an undated image. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Charles Merritt appears in court in San Bernardino in an undated image. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office said Friday that the verdict in the case against 62-year-old Charles "Chase" Merritt will be read in court Monday.

Merritt is charged with killing his business associate Joseph McStay, McStay's wife, Summer, and the couple's 3- and 4-year-old sons.

The family vanished from their San Diego County home in 2010. Three years later, their bodies were found in shallow graves in the desert.

A family photo shows Joseph McStay, his wife Summer and sons Gianni and Joseph.

A family photo shows Joseph McStay, his wife Summer and sons Gianni and Joseph.

Merritt was arrested in 2014. Prosecutors say Merritt killed McStay at a time when he was being cut out of McStay's water features business.

Jurors began deliberations last week.

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