ULwesihlanu wetyala, uJan. 17, malunga nokugwetywa kukaCharles Chase Merritt ngokubulala intsapho yaseFallbrook yabane ngo-2010, yayiquka ii-twist ezininzi kunye nokuba. isicelo sokuvavanywa kwakhona , ngaphambi kokuba iqhutyelwe ngoLwesibini.



Merritt , 62, wayecwangciselwe ukufunda ikamva lakhe kwiNkundla ePhakamileyo yaseSan Bernardino emva kokuba j ury ucebise isigwebo sobomi ngaphandle kwengqawule ngokubulala owayesakuba ngugxa wakhe kwishishini laseSan Clemente, isidanga saseDana Hills High uJoseph McStay, 40, kunye nezigwebo zentambo ngokubulala umfazi kaMcStay, uHlobo, 43, noonyana uGianni, 4, kunye noJoseph Jr., 3. Abatshutshisi bathi usapho lakwaMcStay wadutyulwa wabhubha kamsinya nje emva kokuba uMcStay exelele uMerritt ukuba wayenqanyulwa kwishishini labo lokusebenzisa amanzi ngenxa yokungaqhubi kakuhle kunye nokurhanelwa kobusela. Yabo amathambo amathambo afunyanwa kwiminyaka emithathu kamva kwiNtlango Ephakamileyo.

UMerritt ngoku kuya kufuneka alinde kude kube ngoLwesibini ukuze agwetywe emva kwesicelo sokuchotshelwa kwetyala kwakhona esithathe imini yonke kwaye saliwe. NgoMvulo yiholide yomanyano, uMartin Luther King Jr. Day.





NgoLwesihlanu, bekukho izinto ezingaqhelekanga ukusuka kumzuzu uJaji Michael A. Smith wathatha ibhentshi malunga ne-10: 15 a.m. de inkundla yasula malunga neeyure ezisixhenxe kamva.

• USmith ubonakale emangalisiwe kukuba ngentsimbi ye-9:15 kusasa, igqwetha likaMerritt, uRajan Maline, lifake isicelo setyala elitsha elibandakanya inkcazo emfutshane enamaphepha angama-91 kubungqina obubonisa ukuba abatshutshisi bathi babeke uMerritt kufutshane nesixeko. Amangcwaba kwintlango yeSan Bernardino County emantla Victorville kwiintsuku emva UMcStays wanyamalala nge-4 kaFebruwari 2010 . Izizathu zikaMaline zovavanyo olutsha yayibubungqina obaneleyo, ukuziphatha kakubi komtshutshisi kunye negqwetha lezokhuselo elingasebenziyo.



• Ukungaphumeleli kwe gambit yokhuselo kukhokelele uMaline ukuba axoze owayesakuba ngumcebisi wakhe, uJames E. McGee, kwiqonga lamangqina. UMaline uthe uMcGee, owarhoxa etyaleni emva kwezigwebo ezinetyala, wasilela ukucel’ umngeni ubungqina botshutshiso ngokuthi ingcaphephe ye-cellphone tower ingqine ngeempazamo kwiirekhodi ze-AT&T. UMaline uphehlelele kwingcaciso yobuchwephesha awayebonakala ngathi uSmith uyayiqonda kodwa wayenabakhi-mkhanyo abajongana ngokubuza imibuzo.

• Njengoko inkundla yayisiya kwisidlo sasemini, uMerritt wabonwa enencoko ephilayo noMaline. Xa uSmith waphinda wathatha ibhentshi, uMaline wabhengeza ukuba uMerritt ufuna ukumgxotha njengegqwetha lakhe, ebangela ukukhala kwenkundla kunye nabahlobo abamalunga neshumi elinambini kunye namalungu osapho akwaMerritts kunye noMcStays. Ityala labizwa, kwaye uMerritt wathatha ifolda yoxwebhu kwaye wahamba ngaphesheya kwenkundla, ekhatshwe kodwa engathintelwa, ejoyina uMaline kumagumbi kaSmith ukuze kuchotshelwe ityala.



• UMaline uthe abatshutshisi babumela kakubi ubungqina okanye baxoke ngokuphandle. ISekela leGqwetha leSithili eliphenduliweyo uBritt Imes: Kwakhona abantu bahlaselwa ngamabango angenasiseko okuziphatha kakubi.

• USmith uye walungisa ibango lobungqina obungonelanga. Akukho bungqina budibanisa uMnumzana Merritt kolu kubulala, uMaline wayexoxile. Akukho nanye. USmith wathembisa ukuba akazukuyiphinda yonke into ebizisiwe kwisithuba sovavanyo lweenyanga ezintandathu. Kodwa uSmith wayecokisekile, kwaye igalari yayingaphumli, abanye abantu batshintsha ezihlalweni zabo kwaye abanye bathatha ikhefu elifutshane ngaphandle kwenkundla. Ekugqibeleni uSmith wagqiba kwelokuba kukho okwaneleyo-nangona kukho imeko enkulu-ubungqina obungaphaya kwamathandabuzo afanelekileyo okuba uMerritt wayenetyala.



Abatshutshisi bathi iselula kaMerritt yacinywa ngexesha leeyure ezinzima, kwaye i-pings kuyo ngoFebruwari 6, 2010, iintsuku ezimbini emva kokubulawa kwekhaya likaMcStay, yambeka kwindawo apho amangcwaba aya kufunyanwa kwiminyaka kamva. Ngaphaya koko, abatshutshisi baye baxoxa, uhlalutyo lobuchwephesha obuphezulu bevidiyo evela kwikhamera ecuphayo bungqina ukuba ilori kaMerritt yalishiya ikhaya likaMcStay ngobusuku bokubulala, kwaye umsebenzi kaMerritt ngeMcStay's QuickBooks ubonisa ukuba wayeyiphanga.

Ijaji yabonisa ukuba i-DNA kaMerritt ifunyenwe kwivili lokuqhuba kunye nokutshintsha kwegiya ye-SUV eshiyiweyo kaMcStays kufuphi nomda waseMexico. Kwakhona, abacuphi baqaphele ukuba kudliwanondlebe phambi kokuba uMcStays afunyanwe eswelekile, uMerritt wabhekisa kubo kwixesha elidlulileyo.



• Ngelo xesha, uSmith wagqiba kwelokuba akusayi kubakho tyala litsha kwaye isigwebo siya kuqhubeka. UMaline unqabile ukuthetha ngesigqibo sejaji sokungayaleli ukuvavanywa kwakhona. Asigqibanga, watsho

UJoseph McStay, 40, umfazi wakhe u-Summer, 43, kunye noonyana babo ababini, uGianni, 3, kunye noJoseph, 3, bafunyanwa befile kumangcwaba angekho ngasentla ngasemantla eVictorville ngoNovemba 11, 2013. (Ifoto yeNkcazo)

USmith wanikezela ukuthumela wonke umntu ekhaya ngosuku, njengoko iyure isondela kwi-5 p.m., kodwa ukukhwaza kumalungu entsapho yakwaMcStay kwaqinisekisa uSmith ukuba avumele ingxelo yempembelelo yexhoba evela kuPatrick McStay, uyise kaJoseph, owayeze ngenqwelomoya imini.

Unyana wam akenzanga nto ngaphandle kokunceda wena nosapho lwakho, utshilo uMcStay, ethetha noMerritt kunye nenkundla. Umenzele ntoni? UMcStay uthe unyana wakhe wahlawula iindleko zentsapho kaMerritt ngelixa uMerritt esejele ngo-2009. Umbuyisele njani? Ngokumbulala, umfazi wakhe noonyana bakhe abangenakuzikhusela. Umbulali ongenalusini. Ndiyathemba ukuba uya kutsha esihogweni. Ndizakuthandazela usapho lwakho nabantwana bakho.

USmith uthe uza kuthathela ingqalelo isindululo sokwehliswa kwesigwebo kwaye eve iinkcazo ezingakumbi zempembelelo yamaxhoba ngoLwesibini. Unokulandela iingcebiso zesigwebo zejaji okanye anyanzelise esakhe.

Nasemva kokuba inkundla iphumile imini, kukho into eyothusayo. UCathy Jarvis, oyintombi kaMerritt yangaphambili kunye nomama wabantwana bakhe; kunye nodade, uJuanita Merritt, uthe uMaline wabacela ukuba bangathethi namajelo eendaba. Kodwa bekhungathekile, bayeka ukuthula.

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UJarvis uthe unikeze i-alibi kuMerritt. Ngobusuku bukaFebruwari 4, 2010, wathi wabona umnxeba ongenayo ovela kuJoseph McStay kwifowuni kaMerritt ngelixa wayehlala kwindlu yakhe eRancho Cucamonga. Uthe i-alibi yayingahoywa ngenxa yokuba ayihambelani nomda wexesha (abatshutshisi) abazama ukwakha. Iyandikhathaza into yokuba le nto inokwenzeka kule mihla.

Wathi uJuanita Merritt: Akukho ndlela enye indoda eyayinokwenza oku. Umntakwethu wayemthanda uJoseph. Akukho ndlela yokuba bangene kwingxabano eyayimbi kangangokuba uChase angambulala.




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