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A family vanished, then found dead in desert. Now, a verdict

The disappearance of a couple and their two children puzzled California investigators for years.

The McStay family vanished suddenly in 2010, with bowls of popcorn left uneaten in their house and no sign an attacker forced their way inside. Three years later, their bodies were found in shallow desert graves more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) away.

Now, a jury has reached a verdict in the murder case against 62-year-old Charles “Chase” Merritt, who authorities say killed the family with a sledgehammer after his business associate Joseph McStay tried to cut him out of a business making and selling custom water fountains.

Jurors’ decision came Friday after about a week of deliberations, and it will be read in court Monday in San Bernardino.

While many questions remain about the killings, prosecutors argued that evidence from the family’s car, financial accounts and cellphone towers linked Merritt to the deaths of McStay, McStay’s wife, Summer, and the couple’s 3- and 4-year-old sons.

Merritt’s attorneys said the two men were best friends and investigators overlooked another possible suspect. They said the evidence doesn’t add up, noting there were no signs of an attack inside the family’s house.

After the McStays disappeared from their home in San Diego County, investigators couldn’t immediately determine what had happened. Their car was found parked at a strip mall near the Mexican border, and at one point, investigators said they believed the family had gone to Mexico.

In 2013, the family’s bodies were found in shallow graves in San Bernardino County, along with a rusty sledgehammer, after an off-road motorcyclist discovered skeletal remains in the area.

Merritt was arrested in 2014.

Authorities said they traced Merritt’s cellphone to the area of the desert gravesites in the days after the family disappeared and to a call seeking to close McStay’s online bookkeeping account. They also said Merritt referred to McStay in the past tense in an interview with investigators after the family vanished.

If Merritt is convicted of the murders, prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.

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AP Was There: Police question OJ Simpson in killings

This week marks 25 years since O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman were found stabbed to death outside her LA home.

Investigators quickly focused their attention on the former football great, leading to the slow-speed chase that was carried live on national television and, later, the “Trial of the Century,” which ended in Simpson’s acquittal.

To mark the anniversary, the AP is reprinting this story about the early days of the investigation. It first appeared June 14, 1994.

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O.J. Simpson Questioned in Death of Ex-Wife

By SUE MANNING

Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES — O.J. Simpson met with his attorney today amid reports that a bloodied glove was found at his home by police investigating the deaths of his ex-wife and another man.

Simpson has denied involvement in the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and Ronald Lyle Goldman, 25. He was not arrested, but today’s Los Angeles Times quoted unidentified police sources as saying the football Hall of Famer was under investigation.

Family and friends streamed to Simpson’s Brentwood mansion a day after he was handcuffed briefly and questioned for three hours about the deaths.

“It’s difficult enough with the shock that you wife’s been murdered, but to hear that you may be accused of it, well, it’s awful,” attorney Howard Weitzman said after meeting with Simpson.

Weitzman said he knew nothing about the reports of the discovery of bloody gloves. He described Simpson as distraught.

The lawyer said earlier that Simpson “had nothing to do with this tragedy.”

A passerby found Mrs. Simpson’s body near a gate to her West Los Angeles condominium early Monday. Police found Goldman’s body in shrubbery nearby. Police wouldn’t say when the two died.

A blood-soaked glove was found at Simpson’s home, the Times and the Daily News of Los Angeles reported, citing unidentified police sources. The Daily News reported that the glove matched one found near the bodies.

“I know nothing,” Simpson said as he got into a patrol car Monday.

Simpson flew to Chicago on business about 11 p.m. Sunday and returned around noon the next day, after police notified him of Mrs. Simpson’s death, Weitzman said Monday.

“Mr. Simpson is not being treated as a suspect,” Weitzman said. “He had nothing to do with this tragedy.”

Police aren’t ruling anyone out as a suspect, Cmdr. David Gascon said.

Autopsies were planned for today. Coroner’s spokesman Scott Carrier said “sharp-force injuries,” which might include stabbing, contributed to the deaths. The Daily News said the victims’ throats were slashed.

Goldman was a waiter at the restaurant where Mrs. Simpson dined Sunday, but he didn’t serve her, restaurant owner Karim Souki said.

“She had dinner here. She called later to see if we found her glasses and we found them,” Souki said. He said Goldman volunteered to return them.

Neighbor Beverly Newman told the Daily News that she had often seen Goldman playing with Simpson’s children.

The 5-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl were found sleeping, unharmed, in their mother’s condominium. They were turned over to relatives.

The Simpsons were divorced in 1992 but were said to be discussing a reconciliation.

“The situation had seemed better,” neighbor Robert Gerard said.

Weitzman said the two were often together on family outings, and both attended their daughter’s dance recital Sunday.

Simpson pleaded no contest to wife beating in 1989, paid a $700 fine and served two years’ probation. He had been accused of screaming, “I’ll kill you!” as he slapped and kicked his wife.

Police questioned Simpson for about three hours Monday, Gascon said. Afterward, Simpson returned home and police who had spent the day searching his $ 1.2 million Brentwood estate left. The house is about two miles from Mrs. Simpson’s home.

Bits of cardboard marked small reddish stains leading up the driveway where Simpson’s black Rolls-Royce was parked.

Detective Tom Lange, chief inspector at the site, refused to discuss what investigators found. As he left the house, he carried a pair of white tennis shoes.

Simpson checked into the O’Hare Plaza Hotel on Monday morning and left in a hurry about two hours later, general manager Peter Phillips said. He had made his reservation a few days earlier.

Simpson said he was attending a function for the Hertz car rental company, for which he made a popular series of TV commercials.

The NBC-TV sports commentator has also appeared in several movies, including the three “Naked Gun” comedies. He played for the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills, then the San Francisco 49ers. He retired in 1979.

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Man with gun shot, killed by Fort Worth police in pursuit of assault suspect, officials say

A deadly officer-involved shooting unfolded Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas, as police said they tried to arrest a suspect for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Fort Worth Police told Fox News the shooting took place in the east part of the city around four in the afternoon.

They said as officers were searching for the suspect, they spotted him get into a vehicle with two other people.

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An officer-involved shooting took place in Fort Worth on Sunday. (Fox 4)

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Police told Fox News when they tried to pull over the driver, all three people inside ran off. Two suspects were taken into custody, but the third was found hiding in a nearby truck, according to the Fort Worth Police Department.

Police said when officers tried to arrest the man “shots were fired” and the man was shot and killed by officers.

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A police spokesman said the man was found with a gun.

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Officials said the man shot by police was found with a gun. (Fox 4)

Information about the man, including his age, was not immediately available; however, police said all three in the group were adults.

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When asked if anyone else was injured during the officer-involved shooting, a police spokesman told Fox News, “I have not been advised of any other injuries.”

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Man with gun shot, killed by Fort Worth police in pursuit of assault suspect, officials say

A deadly officer-involved shooting unfolded Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas, as police said they tried to arrest a suspect for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Fort Worth Police told Fox News the shooting took place in the east part of the city around four in the afternoon.

They said as officers were searching for the suspect, they spotted him get into a vehicle with two other people.

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An officer-involved shooting took place in Fort Worth on Sunday. (Fox 4)

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Police told Fox News when they tried to pull over the driver, all three people inside ran off. Two suspects were taken into custody, but the third was found hiding in a nearby truck, according to the Fort Worth Police Department.

Police said when officers tried to arrest the man “shots were fired” and the man was shot and killed by officers.

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A police spokesman said the man was found with a gun.

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Officials said the man shot by police was found with a gun. (Fox 4)

Information about the man, including his age, was not immediately available; however, police said all three in the group were adults.

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When asked if anyone else was injured during the officer-involved shooting, a police spokesman told Fox News, “I have not been advised of any other injuries.”

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College quarterback Kai Locksley arrested on charges including ‘terroristic threat,’ reportedly suspended from team

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University of Texas, El Paso reportedly suspended starting quarterback Kai Locksley after online jail records revealed he was arrested on Saturday for allegedly driving drunk and making a “terroristic threat.”

In addition to the alleged threat, Locksley, 22, was charged with driving while intoxicated, possessing less than two ounces of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a weapon, the jail records showed.

He was booked on Saturday and was released the same day after posting bail.

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The university did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. However, The Baltimore Sun reported the school suspended him in response to the arrest, attributing a statement from the team’s football coach.

“While the severity of these charges is concerning, it would not be appropriate to determine a course of action until we have all the facts,” Dana Dimel, the university’s head football coach, said in the statement adding that Locksley was suspended from the team in the meantime.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for more information regarding the terroristic-threat charge. More information regarding the incident that led to the arrest was not immediately available.

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Locksley is the son of Maryland head football coach Mike Locksley.

After transferring from Iowa Western, where he was the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Offensive Player of the Year, Locksley was the starting quarterback in eight of his nine games for University of Texas, El Paso last year, according to the official website of UTEP athletics. He had three passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns last season.

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The 6-foot-4, 212-pound quarterback was expected to be the starting quarterback for the 2019 season.

Locksley’s parents did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Alaska police charge 3 additional people in woman’s killing

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Alaska police have arrested and charged three additional people in the killing of an Anchorage woman, authorities said.

Caleb Leyland, 19, and two juveniles have been charged in connection with the June 2 death of 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman, The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday.

Denali Brehmer, 18, and 16-year-old Kayden McIntosh were previously charged with first-degree murder, police said.

Leyland, who told police he provided Brehmer and McIntosh with a vehicle, faces charges of first-degree murder and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, authorities said.

Leyland also told officers that he, McIntosh, Brehmer and the male and female juveniles agreed to kill Hoffman near Thunderbird Falls in the Chugiak area, 27 miles (43 kilometers) northeast of Anchorage.

The male juvenile said McIntosh and Brehmer came to his house June 2 and told him they “had shot Hoffman and killed her,” police said.

Investigators found Hoffman’s body June 4 in the Eklutna River where Brehmer told authorities the killing occurred after they told Hoffman they were going for a hike. Hoffman’s feet were duct taped together, police records said.

Brehmer told police she directed McIntosh to use a 9mm handgun she was carrying to shoot Hoffman in the head, while McIntosh said shooting Hoffman was Brehmer’s idea and that she fired the gun, police said.

Two Snapchat videos were turned over to police Thursday by a friend of Brehmer. The first video shows Brehmer describing the story she later gave to police; the second video includes Brehmer apologizing to her family and friends and saying, “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to do it,” police records said.

The Daily News reports that when the two teens were initially questioned by police, they told detectives that the trio had decided to duct tape each other and take photos near the popular Thunderbird Falls trail, in the Chugiak area.

According to their accounts, Hoffman started panicking after she was bound. At that point, Brehmer originally told detectives, McIntosh took the gun from her hand and shot Hoffman in the head with it before pushing the 19-year-old’s body into the Eklutna River.

Hoffman’s father, Timothy, told the Daily News on Saturday that his daughter met Brehmer when they were both students at Service High School. Cynthia Hoffman had described Brehmer as her “best friend,” he said.

He said a developmental disability that caused his daughter to operate intellectually at about a seventh-grade level had made her vulnerable.

“Her disability just made her want to have friends,” Timothy Hoffman said. “That’s all she wanted, was just to be her friend.”

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Ex-Florida player charged with murder in wife’s 2016 death

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A former University of Florida football player, Earl Antonio “Tony” Joiner, has been arrested and charged with killing his wife in a case dating to 2016, police said.

A former safety at Florida under then-Coach Urban Meyers, Joiner was arrested Saturday on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of wife Heyzel Obando, the Fort Myers Police Department said in a statement released on social media. The body of Joiner’s 26-year-old wife was discovered in her apartment on Feb. 14, 2016.

Joiner was part of the team that defeated Ohio State for the BCS national championship in 2007, his junior year.

Fort Myers Police said in the statement that investigators had worked closely with the state’s attorney’s office and with the TV series “Cold Justice” on the case. The statement added that Joiner was taken into custody Saturday morning in Lake Wales in central Florida as part of an effort that also involved the Lake Wales Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The statement did not elaborate on what led to the arrest in the three-year-old case.

Media outlets reported that Joiner was being held without bond Sunday in the Polk County Jail.

It was unclear if Joiner has retained an attorney who could comment on the charges.

The reports noted that Joiner, as a junior player, led all of UF’s defensive backs with 59 tackles. They said that during his senior year, Joiner had 64 tackles and two interceptions.

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com

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Mississippi laundromat attack after spat about washing machines caught on video

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A Mississippi laundromat employee was attacked by a customer in a wild encounter that was caught on surveillance video.

Sheri McClatchy, who works at The Clothes Basket in Holly Springs, told WREG that in her two years at the laundromat, she “never had any trouble at all, never a cross word with anybody.”

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On Friday, she reminded two female customers not to overload the washing machines, which is when a third woman chimed in, telling her it would be the laundromat’s responsibility if the washing machines broke.

“Just started telling me how she was a law student,” McClatchy said. “It had nothing to do with her. She was just another customer in here using the dryer.”

Soon after, McClatchy said she was slammed against dryers at the laundromat. The two women were caught on camera fighting in the business.

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Eventually, the customer’s wig falls off and the two fall to the floor. McClatchy said she walked out of the laundromat, but the customer followed her — which is when the employee says she drew her gun, scaring the customer.

While authorities arrived after the incident, the customer had fled the scene. McClatchy said she hopes that if the customer ever becomes a lawyer, she “hope[s] she learns to hold her composure a whole lot better.”

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Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as Southern Baptists convene

The Southern Baptist Convention gathers for its annual national meeting Tuesday with one sobering topic — sex abuse by clergy and staff — overshadowing all others.

Inside the meeting hall in Birmingham, Alabama, delegates representing the nation’s largest Protestant denomination will likely vote on establishing criteria for expelling churches that mishandle or cover up abuse allegations. They also may vote to establish a new committee which would review how member churches handle claims of abuse.

Outside the convention center, abuse survivors and other activists plan a protest rally Tuesday evening, demanding that the SBC move faster to require sex-abuse training for all pastors, staff and volunteers, and to create a database of credibly accused abusers that could be shared among its more than 47,000 churches. They will also be urging the church, which espouses all-male leadership, to be more respectful of women’s roles — a volatile topic that’s sparked online debate over whether women should preach to men.

Sex abuse already was a high-profile issue at the 2018 national meeting in Dallas, following revelations about several sexual misconduct cases. Soon after his election as SBC president at that meeting, the Rev. J.D. Greear formed an advisory group to draft recommendations on how to confront the problem.

However, pressure on the church has intensified in recent months, due in part to articles by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News asserting that hundreds of Southern Baptist clergy and staff have been accused of sexual misconduct over the past 20 years, including dozens who returned to church duties, while leaving more than 700 victims with little in the way of justice or apologies.

“For years, there were people who assumed abuse was simply a Roman Catholic problem,” said the Rev. Russell Moore, who heads the SBC’s public policy arm. “I see that mentality dissipating. There seems to be a growing sense of vulnerability and a willingness to address this crisis.”

As evidence of that willingness, Greear’s advisory group issued a detailed report Saturday about sexual abuse within the SBC.

It contained several first-person stories by sexual abuse survivors, and acknowledged a variety of failures in how the SBC has responded to abuse — including inadequate training of staff, failure to believe and support victims, failure to report abuse to law enforcement, and recommending suspected perpetrators to new employment.

The scandals have created a major distraction at a time when recent political events have thrilled many Southern Baptist members. The convention is happening in the state that passed the strictest abortion ban in the country, an issue near and dear to many Baptists. And President Donald Trump has advanced an agenda that has pleased many conservative Christians, including a remade U.S. Supreme Court.

With the abuse scandal spreading, Greear’s study committee issued 10 recommendations, and some action has been taken.

For example, a nine-member team has been developing a training curriculum to be used by churches and seminaries to improve responses to abuse. The team includes a psychologist, a former prosecutor, a detective, and attorney and abuse survivor Rachael Denhollander, the first women to go public with charges against sports doctor Larry Nassar ahead of the prosecution that led to a lengthy prison sentence.

The study group also is considering new requirements for background checks of church leaders. And it is assessing options for a database listing abusers, though Baptist leaders say that process has been difficult because of legal issues.

Greear, in an email to The Associated Press, said he was “thankful for the light” that the articles by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News “shined on a dark area of our Convention.”

“Only when sin is exposed to the light of truth, true repentance, healing, and change can begin,” he wrote.

Activist and writer Christa Brown, who says she was abused by a Southern Baptist minister as a child, has been advocating for a database since 2006, and is frustrated by the slow pace. She says any eventual database might be ineffective unless it is run by outsiders, not by SBC officials.

“It has to be independently administered to provide survivors with a safe place to report,” she said.

The study group’s No. 1 recommendation is for Southern Baptists to “enter a season of sorrow and repentance.”

Ahead of next week’s meeting, there’s been a surge of debate — much of it waged on social media — related to the Southern Baptist Convention’s doctrine of “complementarianism” that calls for male leadership in the home and the church.

Particularly contentious is a widely observed prohibition on women preaching in Southern Baptist churches. Those recently defying that policy include Beth Moore, a prominent author and evangelist who runs a Houston-based ministry for women.

Beth Moore hinted on Twitter in April that she was preaching a Mother’s Day sermon at a Southern Baptist church, which drew rebukes from some SBC theologians.

“For a woman to teach and preach to adult men is to defy God’s Word,” wrote Owen Strachan, a professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. “Elders must not allow such a sinful practice.”

Beth Moore responded with a series of tweets on May 11, questioning the motives of SBC leaders seeking to limit women’s roles.

“All these years I’d given the benefit of the doubt that these men were the way they were because they were trying to be obedient to Scripture,” Beth Moore tweeted.

“Then I realized it was not over Scripture at all. It was over sin…. It was over misogyny. Sexism. It was about arrogance. About protecting systems. It involved covering abuses & misuses of power.”

Several male Southern Baptist pastors have aligned themselves with activist women in decrying sex abuse and limits on women’s leadership roles.

Among them is Wade Burleson, a pastor from Enid, Oklahoma, who contends that gifted women should be encouraged to serve in the ministry on an equal basis with men.

“The sooner we learn that men can learn spiritual truths from women, the better off we are,” Burleson wrote on his blog, adding that he would welcome Beth Moore preaching at his church.

The Rev. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, says SBC leaders will not soften the prohibition on women serving as pastors.

“When it comes to questions short of that, there’s going to be a robust Southern Baptist discussion,” he said.

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Fotis Dulos hires Alex Jones’ attorney to defend him in disappearance of his wife, Jennifer

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Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, the Connecticut mother missing for more than two weeks, has hired high-profile attorney Norm Pattis to defend him.

Pattis told The Hartford Courant that “trial by innuendo has convicted” his client, and that they “will opt for a trial by jury.”

Fotis Dulos has spent more than a week behind bars at the Bridgeport Correctional Center, a high-security state jail housing both pretrial defendants and sentenced offenders. Dulos, aka Inmate No. 430902, was unable to make his $500,000 bail.

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His live-in girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, bonded out Monday and has spent the past week talking with detectives and prosecutors with her lawyer, Andrew Bowman, a Westport criminal defense attorney with nearly five decades of experience, by her side.

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Pattis’ partner Kevin Smith purportedly met with Fotis Dulos at the prison late Friday.

Bridgeport attorney Eugene Riccio represented Dulos at his first court appearance in Norwalk and has tried to secure a bond for Dulos ever since. Fotis Dulos and Troconis are both due back in court on Tuesday.

Investigators spent much of Saturday back at a Hartford trash facility looking for evidence in the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five who was reported missing more than two weeks ago. Prosecutors claim the duo were caught on multiple surveillance cameras hiding evidence and throwing out bloody garbage bags, and have lied about it.

Pattis is no stranger to high-profile cases. He represents Alex Jones, the publisher of Infowars. Jones is being sued by the families of Sandy Hook school shooting victims. They claim Jones purposely spread a story that the 2012 shooting at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school was staged. Twenty-six people — 20 students and six adults — were shot and killed during that shooting spree.

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