California man guilty of killing family of 4 found in desert

  • FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, residents of Victorville, Calif., and surrounding communities place crosses near the graves where the McStay family was found in Victorville, Calif. A jury verdict will be read in the case of a Southern California man charged with killing a family of four and burying their bodies in the desert. The verdict will be read Monday, June 10, 2019, in court in San Bernardino in the quadruple murder case against 62-year-old Charles “Chase” Merritt. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP, File)

  • Charles “Chase” Merritt, left, reacts after being found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder of the McStay family, in court at the San Bernardino Superior Court in San Bernardino, Calif., on Monday, June 10, 2019. Merritt is charged in the bludgeoning deaths of his business associate Joseph McStay, McStay’s wife, Summer, and the couple’s 3- and 4-year-old sons. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/The Orange County Register via AP, Pool)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A Southern California man was convicted Monday of bludgeoning a couple and their two little boys to death, then burying their bodies in a remote desert area where the crime remained hidden until an off-roader stumbled across skeletal remains.